(March 16, 2017) Downtown Berlin will play musical chairs during the next several months, as at least six new businesses will either relocate or open for the first time.
The Café, a brewery-inspired food and drink shop on 17 Jefferson Street – the former home of Berlin Coffee House – is set to open on May 1. Burley Oak Brewing Company founder Bryan Brushmiller said he signed a lease on the property earlier this month.
“The Berlin Coffee House was the hub for me of a morning in our community and I wanted to bring that back,” Brushmiller said.
Brushmiller was in South America this week on a trip related to The Café.
During a text exchange on Monday, Brushmiller said he, “just drove four hours on a dirt bike to meet up with Tim from Rise Up Coffee Roasters to insure The Café will have the best coffee beans from Costa Rica.”
He said the shop, which will also serve crepes and other breakfast items, would be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Berlin Economic and Development Director Ivy Wells said she was excited about the news.
“I can’t think of a better use for that building than a breakfast place with crepes,” she said.
Elsewhere in downtown Berlin, Patty Jean’s Boutique will move from 116 Broad Street into the space currently occupied by World of Toys, on 110 North Main Street. World of Toys will move into a larger space, formerly occupied by Toy Town Antiques, on 115 North Main Street. Toy Town will move to Snow Hill.
All of those moves are expected to occur this spring.
“As soon as World of Toys moves out, Patty Jean’s moves in,” Wells said. “I think World of Toys opening in a larger location is exactly what we need. There’s a lot of young families that have moved into town, and a toy store is the best possible choice to be in that location.”
House by Salvaged will open next month, tentatively April 1, on 11 Artisan’s Way in the former home of Sea la Vie. The owners of Sea la Vie recently opened Fathom, a contemporary clothing store, on 14 North Main Street.
Island Creamery, based in Chincoteague, Virginia, will open a storefront on 120 North Main Street. The ice cream shop will fill the void left by Cupcakes in Bloom, which closed last year. The building is also the former site of a Dairy Queen.
Berlin’s Historic District Commission approved a new cobblestone patio for Island Creamery during a meeting earlier this month. Wells said it would be “a really beautiful cobblestone area with lighting and tables and chairs.”
Also coming soon, on 112 North Main Street, is a nail salon that will replace Berlin Shoe Box.
The Brooklyn Baking Barons, who opened up shop on 16 South Main Street last summer, will close and instead offer their whiskey cakes and other items at Sisters on 113 North Main Street. Wells said she expects a local artist to move into the vacated space.
She said no other moves were pending at the moment, but that other businesses could certainly open or relocate in the downtown area later this year.
“I still do have a waiting list for businesses to come into downtown,” she said. “I’m very excited that as soon as one business decides to relocate, another business is waiting to get in.”