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Coffee shop in Waynesboro stirs up dreams

October 16, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - When Joyce Holder thinks of coffee, she fondly remembers sitting on her porch and enjoying the company of her late husband.

"I sit around with my coffee and dream. It's just always been a part of me," Holder said.

It was on some of those dreams that she and her daughter, Felicee Harbaugh, opened Adventures in Coffee last February.

The struggles of Holder and Harbaugh mirror those of many small-business people, but they enjoy seeing their regular customers and meeting new ones.

Harbaugh said people who have not been inside the East Main Street business often have a misconception that it sells only coffee. However, she said, the business would not survive without the sales of sandwiches, soup and salads.

Popular offerings include the tomato and mozzarella panini, club sandwich and cream of crab soup, according to Holder, who prepares most of the food.

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Bruce Dreisbach, manager of Main Street Waynesboro Inc., most enjoys the chili offered at Adventures in Coffee on Thursdays. He described the chili as a "meaty blend of spices and 'schazam!'"

"In addition to high-quality coffee, Adventures in Coffee has the best chili on Main Street as well as excellent soups, sandwiches, salads and a variety of breakfast items," Dreisbach said.

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Adventures in Coffee had more than 300 customers on Saturday, Oct. 4, when Market Day and St. Andrew School's Oktoberfest Family Fun Day were held.

"Everybody was saying, 'It's so cute in here. We've been meaning to come in,'" Harbaugh said.

Family renovated the first floor of 230 E. Main St. starting in November 2007. A downtown business incentive grant helped pay for building materials and kitchen equipment, and continues to assist with the rent.

"I think it's a great program," Harbaugh said.

"It gives you a really good start," Holder said.

Holder and Harbaugh feel their location might sometimes be a hindrance.

"If we don't pick up and move to the square during those things, we get left out," said Harbaugh, who lives in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.

Business hours changed to 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The shop must remain open on Friday evenings because of rules within the downtown business incentive grant.

With sales generally low on Fridays, the restaurant hosted an open mic night and other events without much success.

"We tried a couple of things to get people in, but we have to keep trying because what we're doing isn't working," Harbaugh said.

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