By Shirley Shuman
Anyone in or near the town of Sutton may now enjoy stopping by Main Street Coffee, a new establishment which welcomes those who want to relax and savor coffee along with homemade baked goods. Owned and operated by Christopher Marple, the coffee shop seats “around 20 people” in a warm, inviting atmosphere made for relaxation and conversation. It is located on the corner opposite what was once p.j. berry’s. Marple, who said the business opened June 11 followed by a ribbon-cutting June 13, explained it features breads and scones baked daily by his aunt, Lisa Rader. “We have lemon bread, banana nut bread and a variety of scones,” he noted. Especially popular are the shop’s blueberry and blackberry scones, which are staples. Other flavors appear on different days.
To compliment the baked goods, the shop serves several flavors of iced coffee along with hot coffee with different flavored creamers. In addition, customers may choose from some gluten-free baked goods, and Marple said they will have sugar-free selections available soon.
Main Street Coffee came about somewhat spontaneously, Marple explained. “Several of our family members were sitting around talking, and on the spur of the moment we decided to open a coffee shop,” he said. The owner continued to say that “the whole family” has been interested in a diner or similar business, and his wife Mary “has always wanted one.” He called the decision “a spur of the moment one,” adding, “We knew nothing about it but decided to try it, and it’s working great!”
To keep prices affordable yet beneficial to the business, the scones are priced at three dollars each, and everything else is two dollars. The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Marple closed with “We invite people to come in, sit down and enjoy their coffee and baked treat. Relax for a few minutes.” He said he especially enjoys socializing with his customers. So far, this invitation seems to be working. “Everyone in town has been supportive,” the owner said.
By Shirley Shuman