Stepping into the Coffee Colony in Medina is like stepping back in time. One is instantly hugged by the warmth and coziness of the house, and the many decorations make it easy to envision the original owner, P.C. Alcott, celebrating an intimate family Christmas in 1846. It is also very easy to imagine his niece, Louisa May Alcott, penning one of her many famous novels by the fire as her family socializes after dinner.
Of course, the building is no longer a home, but owner Sharon Lipton maintains a family-atmosphere. In over 30 years of business, her customers have become a family. And, without fail, the welcoming scent of coffee continues to greet them every time they enter the gourmet coffee and gift shop.
“I loved gourmet coffee, but there were no gourmet coffee stores in the area,” says Lipton. “My girls were about to be graduating, and I thought opening a coffee store would be a good way to keep busy.”
Over the years, she certainly has kept very busy. With nearly 100 flavors of coffee, which are available as whole beans or are ground fresh as you shop, loose leaf tea, and a variety of gifts and holiday décor, she draws in visitors from near and far.
“We have a number of things that are perfect for holiday gifting,” says manager Kim Hansen, who is also Lipton’s daughter. “Soup and dip mixes, chocolates, cheeseballs, and local honey and jelly are wonderful year-round. Chocolate-covered espresso beans and our $1 sample bags make perfect stocking stuffers, too.”
Hansen adds even more personality to the adorable shop by providing custom-made snowman signs. She will add a little bit of flair to each character and customize them with your family members’ names to add warmth to your home throughout the holidays.
Still, nothing makes home warmer than the smell of freshly-brewed hot beverages. Lipton offers a wide variety of beans from all over the world. From Jamaican Me Crazy to Hawaiian Kona, there is something for everyone.
“We offer flavored, non-flavored, regular, decaf, dark roast and organic coffees,” says Hansen. “And we also offer a Flavor of the Day cup of coffee for only $1. You can’t resist it! You have to drink coffee while shopping in here.”
They also offer custom holiday gift baskets in any price range, and design them around you. Whether you are a tea-lover, coffee drinker, or holiday afficionado, there is a little treasure waiting to be discovered in the Coffee Colony.
“The best part is that we’ve met so many great people and have very loyal customers,” says Lipton. “There are people who have been with us since we opened, and we make a lot of very good friends through the Coffee Colony. Whether you come from near or far, you will always be welcome.”
And, you will always be greeted with coffee and a smile.
The Coffee Colony is located at 113 N. Huntington Street, Medina, just west of Public Square. Their holiday hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. Through Christmas, they will be open Sunday from 12 to 4 pm. TheCoffeeColony.com