Pure & Simple Cafe owners to relocate to open 'health depot'

May 20, 2010|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, PA. -- Three years ago, Cathy Pence and her husband, David, brought a mix of fresh, local and organic food to Greencastle in their small cafe on Baltimore Street.

This year, the couple hopes that a new location and expanded business hours will open more people to the flavors of health served at Pure & Simple Cafe.

As early as July, the cafe could open at its new location at 164 E. Baltimore St., Cathy Pence said.

"We plan to expand our hours to 7 p.m. and offer even more choices," she said.

Pence said she and her husband purchased the entire complex including the rear building from Charles Rake, who operated Greencastle Coffee Roasters out of the building for 15 years.

Calling their concept for the property a "health depot," Pence said the cafe will work in consort with the retail health store, Alternative Choices, which is in the rear building along Allison Street.


She also plans to offer massage therapy and colon hydrotherapy at the building on Allison Street.

Pure & Simple Cafe was born three years ago from Pence's work as a health counselor and a pastor, she said.

Pence and her husband are pastors at the Life Center in Greencastle.

Having lost both family and friends to the effects of a poor diet, Pence said she began a "journey" to learn how food should work with and for the body.

Along the way to earning her credentials in naturopathy and starting her business, she welcomed clients into her home to teach them how to prepare the healthy, yet flavorful recipes.

"People would tell me I needed to open a restaurant, if I heard it a 100 times," she said.

Owning a cafe was not part of her plan when she and her husband moved to the area after he retired from the Air Force, she said.

Yet she could not help but bubble with excitement when speaking of the cafe's future.

"The response we have gotten to the cafe is amazing," she said. "We sacrifice health on the altar of convenience in this country, and while it might be cheap, in the long run, it is costly. So it is our goal to make quality food as fast as possible."

The building on the corner of Baltimore and Allison streets is 7,800 square feet she said, or enough room to serve as many as 40 people.

Because education is as much a part of the cafe as is dining, Pence said she will continue to offer classes, counseling, books and products.

Planning to expand the menu to include dinner options, she said, everything served at the cafe is fresh and organic.

Thanks to Pence's relationship with Greencastle Coffee Roasters and local farmers, most of the food and the coffee will come from local suppliers.

"Some of the best produce goes right by here, gets on (Interstate) 81 and heads to (Washington) D.C.," she said. "I try to support those farmers and bring that wonderful food to people here."

With a large warehouse area at the rear of the new building, Pence said she is hoping to someday open a small farmers market.

For now, her focus is on renovating the interior of the building to add a kitchen, seating, a beverage bar and a private party room so that the business can move this summer.

As for the smell of coffee roasted into the brick of the building -- that, she said, will remain.

"It's part of the atmosphere," she said.

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