New aroma sweeps into Den­ton

Times-Record - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

DEN­TON — A new aroma is sweep­ing through down­town Den­ton with the open­ing of Nich’s Cof­fee Shop.

The fam­ily-owned busi­ness opened this Fe­bru­ary at 5 North 3rd Street, on the cor­ner of Mar­ket Street down­town across from the pub­lic park­ing lot. The busi­ness is owned by Caro­line County res­i­dent Meanie Koski who works with her two sons Chase and Nick.

They are open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Satur­days.

Nich’s serves Rise Up Cof­fee and a va­ri­ety of lo­cal pas­tries, in­clud­ing ones baked by Turn­bridge Point Bed and Break­fast owner Steve Konopel­ski who has been fea­tured on the Food Net­work.

“I re­ally wanted a place where peo­ple could come and get to­gether,” Koski said. “They could read books, play games meet up with friends in an al­ter­na­tive way than a restau­rant. They can listen to good vinyl mu­sic.

“We are see­ing reg­u­lars and some new faces, which is re­ally nice,” she said. “The morn­ings are pretty steady. There is an in­crease ev­ery day.”

Koski said Nich’s can be a place for stu­dents and teach­ers to come and do work us­ing the WiFi.

“We get a lot of high school stu­dents and first-year col­lege stu­dents com­ing in,” she said. “They want to come out and con­nect with peo­ple, but they can’t do that by go­ing to a bar. We are a place they can come to meet peo­ple and re­lax. We have good mu­sic and a good vibe while they con­nect with peo­ple. We have peo­ple of all ages. We have peo­ple who come here for busi­ness meet­ings.”

Nich’s also of­fers af­ter­hours events, in­clud­ing game nights each month. Guests come in with food and games and play on Fri­day nights.

“We have peo­ple go­ing from game to game, switch­ing up the faces, get­ting to meet and talk to new peo­ple,” said Chase Koski. “We wanted to have a dif­fer­ent at­mos­phere than a tran­si­tional

restau­rant. We want peo­ple to come in and re­lax. You can meet peo­ple and so­cial­ize.”

Me­lanie Koski said serv­ing Rise Up Cof­fee helps get the cof­fee shop’s name out to the com­mu­nity.

“They have great prod­ucts,” she said. “Peo­ple love they are a lo­cally es­tab­lished busi­ness. They are su­per nice to work with. Steve’s pas­tries are amaz­ing. Peo­ple line up at his front porch when he opens just to get a muf­fin.”

Nich’s also show­cases a va­ri­ety of lo­cal artists on the cof­fee shop’s walls.

“Pro­mot­ing lo­cal art is re­ally im­por­tant to the com­mu­nity be­cause there are a lot of tal­ented artists out there,” said Nick Koski. “We want to give them the op­por­tu­nity to show off what they have cre­ated.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about Nich’s Cof­fee Shop and events they will be host­ing, find them on Face­book at www.face­book. com/nich­scoffeeshop.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Nich’s Cof­fee Shop owner Me­lanie Koski, cen­ter, stands with her two sons Chase and Nick Koski inside the new down­town Den­ton cof­fee shop.

Nich’s Cof­fee Shop owner Me­lanie Koski inside the new down­town Den­ton cof­fee shop.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

Nich’s Cof­fee Shop owner Me­lanie Koski, cen­ter, stands with her two sons Chase and Nick Koski inside the new down­town Den­ton cof­fee shop.

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