Santa sight­ing at cof­fee shop

Four Twelve of­fers free milk, cook­ies, visit with Santa at an­niver­sary Birth­day Bash

The Hamburg Area Item - - Front Page - By Kolleen Long For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Snow fall­ing out­side added to the fes­tive at­mos­phere at Four Twelve cof­fee shop in Ham­burg as Santa vis­ited with chil­dren on Dec. 9.

“It was good. It was a re­ally, re­ally busy day,” said Kristin Stamm, op­er­a­tions man­ager. “A bunch of our reg­u­lars brought their kids out and they just had a re­ally good time. It was fun watch­ing the kids and see­ing par­ents tak­ing time to be with their kids.”

Young Kaleb Pat­ton of Breinigsville pa­tiently waited his turn to talk to Santa and ask him for his dream gift, a bi­cy­cle.

He nod­ded, smil­ing shyly, when Santa asked if that was all he wanted.

“You know what else you’re go­ing to get?” Santa asked, chuck­ling. “How ‘ bout some socks and


“I just found out about Four Twelve re­cently,” said his mother, Jessie Pat­ton, said as she looked on. She be­gan work­ing in Ham­burg about two weeks ago and vis­ited the cof­fee shop on one of her first days. Since then, she laughed, “It’s be­come my new hang­out spot.”

The Pat­tons were one of many fam­i­lies who stopped in to visit Santa and en­joy the free cook­ies and milk for young vis­i­tors, of­fered that day from 12 to 2 p. m. The cook­ies, brightly dec­o­rated as rein­deer, candy canes and or­na­ments, were cre­ated by lo­cal bak­ery, The Smith Homestead of Bernville.

The Four Twelve Birth- day Bash be­gan at open­ing on Dec. 9, with the first 20 guests re­ceiv­ing a free hot cof­fee. A hand­ful of cus­tomers were wait­ing at the door by 7 a. m., and a steady stream filled the cof­fee shop un­til it closed at 4 p. m.

Mid­way through, all the ta­bles were filled and baris­tas joked with reg­u­lar cus­tomers as they gave or­ders and wrote out prize draw­ing slips. Win­ners in­cluded Josh Hart­man, who won a tum­bler; Craig Shol­len­berger, a gift card, and Cory John­son, mug and gift card set.

Some cus­tomers chat­ted over drinks and treats, other greeted new­com­ers or ad­mired ba­bies in strollers. Christ­mas mu­sic played in the back­ground as young­sters wan­dered from watch­ing par­ents to­ward the un­mis­tak­able draw of Santa.

“Don’t eat all the cook­ies,” he called out to some as they headed to their fam­ily ta­ble. When the kids looked up, con­fused, when a Santa pa­rade drove nois­ily past on Fourth Street, Santa took it in stride, in­form­ing the chil­dren that the “other Santa” was one of his many helpers. They hap­pily turned back to their cook­ies.

“It was re­ally fun for us,” Stamm said on be­half of her co­work­ers. “Some­times we get so busy as a staff, it was a chance to en­joy the sea­son.”

She said the bash also helped the cof­fee shop con­tinue its mis­sion: bring­ing the com­mu­nity to­gether.

Four Twelve, 12 South Fourth Street in Ham­burg, is open Mon­days through Fri­days from 7 a. m. to 6 p. m. and Satur­days from 7 a. m. to 4 p. m. Call 484- 660- 3703 or visit on­line at fourtwelve­cof­


Kaleb Pat­ton of Breinigsville vis­ited Four Twelve on Dec. 9to ask Santa for a bi­cy­cle this Christ­mas. Pat­ton was one of many vis­i­tors at the cof­fee shop for a Birth­day Bash that day to mark its first full year of op­er­a­tion in Ham­burg.

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