Java, chocolate ventures give people what they want

October 17, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A pair of new businesses in Waynesboro are serving up sweets and coffee in a town where a recent survey showed desire for bakeries and coffee shops.

In a survey of 233 residents, "coffee shop" and "bakery" were reported as two of the top five businesses or services people wanted to see downtown.

Zo's Chocolate Co. has opened at 34 E. Main St.

Kimmie's Creations & Johnny's Java is slightly outside of downtown, at 800 S. Potomac St.

Kimmie's Creations & Johnny's Java

On South Potomac Street, Kim Wiesniewski describes the new coffee shop and bakery as "a cross between 'Cheers' and 'Friends' with a family atmosphere."

She and her husband, John, are in the process of opening Kimmie's Creations & Johnny's Java, with renovations almost complete at the former R.S. Lindy's Ice Cream & Deli.


"I'm just ready to hand someone a cup of coffee," John Wiesniewski said.

He previously worked for a cafe in Greencastle, Pa., and wants to offer two regular, two decaffeinated and two mixed brews a day.

Kim Wiesniewski has been baking for friends and family for a decade. She wants to offer muffins, danishes, bagels, doughnuts and cupcakes at the new business.

Basic sandwiches are on the menu, as well.

A corner of their shop will be dedicated to the military, something that is close to John Wiesniewski's heart. A one-time Navy Seabee, he wants to collect donations and support for active troops and veterans.

"We're going to stay open until 9 on Fridays and bring in bands," John Wiesniewski said of the business, which is awaiting final inspections before opening.

Zo's Chocolate Co.

"We really want to do things with the community and establish home," Zo Tsoukatos said.

Her business features chocolates made by her father, George Tsoukatos, a 30-year chocolatier.

Zo Tsoukatos said her business will remain open until 8 p.m. Fridays to attract an after-work crowd.

Milk chocolate and buttercreams seem to be favorites, said Tsoukatos, who prefers dark chocolates.

She is planning an Oct. 27 event in which children can make chocolate with her father.

He recently debuted a chocolate filled with pumpkin spice.

"We were talking at the dinner table about how much we love Thanksgiving dinner," Tsoukatos said.

The next morning, the family walked into the business and smelled the pumpkin filling for the new chocolate.

"We were like, 'Umm ... Thanksgiving dinner!'" she said.

The chocolates are made without preservatives, she said.

"My dad loves making chocolates and enjoys it. We love eating it," she said.

He has been in much better cheer following a year without making chocolate, Tsoukatos said. He had been working with another business in town, but there was a split, she said.

Now, the family has bought new machines and supplies.

"Slowly but surely, we're getting there," Tsoukatos said.

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