Monday, July 1, 2013

Customer Feature: The Coffee Depot in Warren, RI

For our next customer feature, I (Ana) went to the lovely town of Warren Rhode Island to visit The Coffee Depot, New Harvest customer since 2002. The Coffee Depot can be described as "the hub" of downtown Warren.  This was apparent immediately.  The first thing manager Mary Jackson did was lead me to "the round table" in the center of the sitting room, occupied by a handful of people.

This group comes to Coffee Depot everyday and sit at the table, talking about politics and current events as well as doing the crossword together and reading horoscopes.  One woman called it "group therapy."  Some are Rhode Island natives, others moved here years ago, some knew each other before hand and others just became familar faces from frequenting the shop everyday. Eventually, this group all became friends, and this action seems to sum up what the Coffee Depot means to the locals.  It is a really tight knit, regular customers driven shop. One of the people I was talking to said The Coffee Depot is like an initiation if you are new: it's a good indication that someone wants to be friends with you if they take you here!

Mary pointed out a man working away in the corner and said that he had basically written his college dissertation at the Coffee Depot.  Portraits wrap around the wall, painted by an employee, featuring regular customers - a few of the round table members were up there! Even as I sat there, having my horoscope read, a friend of mine walked in! I'd only been there 10 minutes and I already had this wonderful feeling of community.

                                                       (Joe Fletcher, great musician!!)

                                                         Mural of Regular Customers

                                                Having my horoscope read by my new friends

To sum it up, the regular customers had such wonderful things about the Coffee Depot.  It's a great place to bring a laptop and work, and a great place to catch up.  It offers food options, an open mic night, and a frequent coffee buyer card!

and outdoor seating, referred to as The Coffee Depot Beach

Check out their facebook page for more info!

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