Launched this winter by Amy Cohen and her husband, Hayden Barnie, Stowaway Coffee + Kitchen draws together strands of Cohen’s life. There are influences from Japan, where she met Barnie, and from Australia — two places the Illinois native called home for the better part of a decade. Cohen’s childhood is visible, too: Her mother, Yoko, can often be seen helping out at Stowaway. “Like me, most of [my mom’s] experience comes from cooking at home, but that’s what keeps it special,” says Cohen. “Stowaway is our breakfast club. It’s our home.” All photos by Danielle Lirette.