Women hope their coffee is hot

July 18, 1999|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa.- Two women who became friends while working as night clerks in an area convenience store shared the same dream of one day owning their own business.

That dream became a reality last week in downtown Waynesboro with the opening of Shanni's, a gourmet coffee shop in a previously vacant store at 70 W. Main St.

The shop's name is derived from the partners' first names, Sharon and Anni.

Sharon Noll, 43, and Anni Crilley, 33, both of Waynesboro, soon learned that wanting a business is a little easier than creating one.

The two women and their boyfriends, who happen to be handy with tools, have been working feverishly since early March converting the rented space into what the partners envision for an upscale coffee shop.


"I liked the character of this building," Crilley said, adding that it lends itself to the business. Crilley designed the layout and picked out the color scheme: terra cotta and white.

"We wanted a place where people can come in and relax and unwind, a place to sit for an hour or read a book and enjoy a quiet cup of coffee."

She said the shop will also be a downtown meeting place.

It will have its own library of books. The work of local artists will decorate the walls. Area poets will be enticed to come in during evenings to read their work. Acoustic musicians will be invited to play.

"I said I always wanted to have my own coffee shop. Sharon said she did, too, so we did it, just like that," Crilley said.

For now, most of the signs listing the shop's offerings - regular and flavored coffees plus latte, espresso and cappuccino, as well as an array of muffins and pastries, soups and deli sandwiches - are hand-written on white cardboard, as is the sign advertising the business on the sidewalk outside.

There are tables and chairs to be brought in, stools to be placed along the east wall and a rear balcony that, when finished, can be a meeting spot for small groups.

Noll said it will be a few more weeks before the finishing touches are added, but the shop has already drawn a lot of interest from people who have been stopping by to check the place out.

Service is take-out for now. Table service will begin next month, Noll said.

Asked why the women think the time is right for such a venture, Crilley said simply, "Because there wasn't one in Waynesboro."

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