The Broad Street Coffee House in Milford, Pennsylvania is more than just a coffee house. It is slowly developing into a center for artistic creativity.
Stepping inside, the ambience that immediately greets those seeking the traditional cup of “joe” or a more eclectic selection of flavored lattes, is that of your best friend’s kitchen or the covered porch of a neighbor. Friendly greetings from staff and patrons alike abound in this java bean version of TV’s “Cheers.”
Invariably you will run into someone you know or someone who knows someone you know. Definitely in keeping with Milford’s idyllic tradition, the Broad Street Coffee House is growing into a place where “everybody knows your name.” Or at least it makes you feel that way.
However, along with the delicious turkey and cheese croissants or gluten-free desserts – plus a wide selection of liquid fare, from caramel macchiato and coconut latte to café au lait and espresso – the Coffee House is serving the artistic heart and soul of the community.
On the second Tuesday evening of the month, patrons are treated to – and encouraged to join in on – an open poetry night. From local traditional poets like Terence and avant garde rapper / poet Douglas “Prophetic,” the space is transformed into a bygone era when turtleneck clad performers are treated to finger clicks of approval. (Not really, but you almost expect it to happen.)
Then, every Friday night, there is an Open Mic night event. The fun inside the Coffee House offers a variety of entertainment of music and comedy – and, yes, even some poets who can’t contain themselves to one night a month.
Donna Hamilton, the Coffee House’s current owner, has plans to continue expanding the artistic experience. Having moved from 7th Street in Milford (where it was the 7th Street Coffee House) to its present location on Broad Street (at the east end of Milford township), Ms Hamilton completed renovations with former co-owners Martin and Celeste Aldridge, and changed the name to the Broad Street Coffee House. She plans on adding more events and workshops to the space in coming months, such as the Halloween event of “The Tell-Tale Poe,” a one man show combining some of Poe’s most popular and little known works.
Long time Coffee House employee, and accomplished thespian, Dan Kostelec is beginning theatre workshops ranging fro individual sessions to multi-week acting and improvisation workshops. The excitement offered up by Coffee House manager Sara Cohen is infectious, as she talks about some of the Coffee House’s future plans.
“We would really love a writing workshop,” Ms Cohen happily extols, her smile and twinkling eyes flashing. “We’ve had several requests and inquiries.”
It is easy to see why the business itself exudes friendliness when employees like Ms Cohen and Mr. Kostelec share their passions for coffee and the arts with such undeniable enthusiasm.
Located across from The Columns on the eatsrn edge of Milford, and sharing the building with the Queen of Arts, Gotta Get It Consignments and a future non-profit (Calling All Angels Thrift Shoppe – opening 11/28/2011), the Broad Street Coffee House offers up an atmosphere to share a cup of coffee, a mouth watering slice of lemon cake and maybe a song or poem or two with friends – some old and some just met.
Borad Street Coffee House, is located at 611 Broad St. in Milford, Pennsylvania. The hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They can be reached at 570-409-6090. And can be found on Facebook at Broad Street Coffee House.
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