Pepperoni Express Pizzeria customers will soon have the chance to enjoy a steaming hot cup o’ Joe alongside their pizza.
Shantel Pledger, co-owner of the pizzeria in the Lake Bowen area, is opening the Coffee &Tea Nook inside the restaurant at 7250 Highway 9. Pledger and her husband, David, bought the pizza shop two years ago, and she’s been trying to convince him to let her open the coffee bar ever since.
“I’ve always wanted to do a coffee shop, and I build miniatures, so I plan to combine the two,” she said. “I used to be a mortician, and I retired from my job in October and told my husband that day that I’m going to do a coffee nook, and I’m going to build my miniatures, and it’s going to be a place where people can come together and do things.”
The coffee and tea space is nestled in the back corner of the pizzeria, hence the name nook. Its tables are covered in off-white, lace linens and decorated with small purple glass vases. Caffeine-themed art hangs on the wall, and Pledger’s miniature scale models line the space in front of the stained, wooden coffee bar.
Pledger said they’ll offer coffee and specialty drinks, as well as bagged and loose-leaf tea. For now, she said, she’s only serving hot beverages but will eventually incorporate iced brews into her repertoire. She’s using Revolution Coffee Roasters, based in Collingswood, N.J.
“People should expect to come into a place where you can network and socialize and enjoy each other’s company,” she said. “In the spring and summer, the outside area will completely transform into a terrace garden with little barista tables.”
A grand opening celebration will take place 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 20, and will feature live acoustic music, door prizes, and all the specialty coffee and tea one could want. The nook will officially open for business at 7 a.m. Jan. 22. During the grand opening, Pledger said she’ll give folks more details about planned events at the coffee nook, such as family movie nights, live acoustic music and art classes.
Pledger said her hope is that the small space inside the existing pizzeria is a starting point for something bigger.
“The point right now is to mingle the two businesses together, but my long-term plan is to move out of here in a huge place and it be a coffee nook filled with my friend’s vintage restoration pieces and my miniature buildings, and we just play all day,” she said. “We’ll enjoy work, doing what we love.”
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By Elise Franco, Herald-Journal, Spartanburg, S.C.
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