For those of you that know me my morning cup of coffee is something I take very seriously. James and Victoria Weiser have also been taking coffee very seriously since 2000. Vickie's father approached her once he noticed the coffee shop was for sale across the street and the rest is brewed in history. Over the first six years the business grew mostly due to the fact that it was the only coffee house with a drive thru in the area. As business grew it was not all smooth sailing due to major road construction on Bridge St., caused people to be re routed away from the shop. About eight years ago they renovated to add another seating area in the back and also added the full kitchen and as Vickie stated: "Business has grown with me."
And grow it did - they began to start having regular customers either coming into the shop or getting their coffee at the drive thru. These regular coffee drinkers have become close friends and like family over time. Many of the staff members started as high school students, worked through college, and came back over their summer breaks. Vickie realizes how fortunate she has been to have a lack of staff turnover over the years and they have all become very close.
James and Vickie give back to the community as much as they can. They met Connie and Hank Angus (founders of Hope Express) through the coffee shop and help them raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund. The Four Diamonds Fund was developed for children diagnosed with Pediatric Cancer. Mickey Minnich (who started Vickie's Angel Foundation) was a regular through the drive thru and was asking small businesses for aid in starting his charity. The Weiser's gladly became involved with donating and getting the word out about Vickie's Angel Foundation as well which assists people with cancer and their medical expenses.
This year will bring some change to Bridge Street Coffee House as James and Vickie begin transitioning the business to be run by their niece Laurel. Laurel was a pastry chef at The Hotel Hershey and has a lot of fresh ideas to bring to the table. Even though James and Vickie are not stepping away from the business just yet, Vickie says - "I am just excited to get to sleep in". And while excited about the extra rest she will be sad to not be able to see everyone getting their morning cup of coffee.
My name is Christy and I moved to the West Shore ten years ago and into New Cumberland in September 2012. I really enjoy living here and getting to know the community better every day. I enjoy spending time with family, friends and my dog.