Greencastle native refurbishes home, opens coffee house

September 02, 2010|By DANA BROWN
  • Kim Robinson is shown behind the counter of Highline Coffee House & Cafe, her new coffee house in Greencastle, Pa.
Photo by Dana Brown,

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Lifelong Greencastle resident Kim Robinson combined her experience in home construction with her love of coffee to bring a unique coffee house experience to the community.

Robinson bought the vacant 100-year-old home at 101 W. Baltimore St. next to the railroad tracks intending to refurbish the property for office space for her construction business.

Breathing new life into the old home gave her a new idea, she said. The idea developed into the concept of Highline Coffee House & Cafe.

"My love for coffee drove the coffee house side of it," Robinson said. "The exciting part is to preserve a building and make use of it. That's definitely rewarding. I just thought what a wonderful place for a coffee house."

The nearby rail line and train depot inspired the theme, she said.

"That's part of the experience. People come to see the train," Robinson said, adding that patrons often start clapping when the train passes by.


Robinson said she wanted to create a unique place for people to gather, hold business meetings or to study. She hopes her establishment attracts all age groups, she said.

"Everybody has a need to go to a place to relax. I think this gives you that place," Robinson said. "You can relax and stay awhile."

The renovation process included stripping away seven layers of wallpaper, uncovering wooden floors buried beneath carpet and linoleum, adding modern amenities, refurbishing an old deck, and adding a full-service kitchen, patio area and handicapped-accessible restrooms.

The cafe features several seating areas, including the caboose room with a simulated coffee bean floor and windows facing the train tracks.

Kathy Bostic and Beth Swankler, both of Waynesboro, Pa., met for a business lunch at the cafe and said they enjoyed the seating arrangement and the atmosphere.

"We almost felt like we had a room to ourselves," Swankler said.

"It's very upscale, but homey at the same time," Bostic said.

The menu includes a variety of soups, salads, sandwiches, thin crust pizza, homemade fried chips, fresh fish and beef, vegetarian selections and homemade desserts.

The coffee bar features a full line of flavored coffees, espressos, frappes, cappuccinos and chai tea.

All coffee drinks are prepared by trained baristas using only organic coffees.

For hours of operation. visit the website at

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