Lily Reese worked the room at the CoffeeNook grand opening recently, making sure all guests got a taste of homemade ice cream.
The cafe is co-owned by Aleta Walborn, her daughter, Sharity Bassett, and her son, Clay Bassett.
Between the three of them, there’s more than 75 years of experience in the food industry.
The CoffeeNook began as an idea and the three of them kept talking and coming back to it, until it became a reality.
Located on West Second Street in Oswego, the CoffeeNook has been open for about 7 months but the owners wanted to save the grand opening until after the winter months had passed.
“It was a blast!” Walborn said of the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Surrounded by customers, friends, and members of the Chamber of Commerce, Aleta, Sharity, and Lily cut the ribbon declaring the CoffeeNook officially open.
“I love vegetarian and vegan food,” said Sharity.
After several bad encounters with vegetarian entrees over the years she decided to give it a shot herself with great results.
The CoffeeNook specializes in vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free food items. Everything is made on the premises and the cookies are “to die for.”
“We have to have them on hand all the time now,” Sharity said of the gluten-free cookies.
“It’s my home away from home,” said Julie Schofield, a regular who also performed Poi Spinning at the opening.
More than one customer described the atmosphere as comfortable.
And Schofield added the owners are always “good for a laugh.”
“We’ve been labeled ‘the vegan place’,” said Sharity. “Which is great.”
For the past few months all the CoffeeNook’s marketing has been word-of-mouth.
They cater to a specific food niche, and they like it that way.
“People who are vegan, or want to eat vegan, they find us,” Sharity assured Oswego County Today.
As the seasons finally begin to change towards summer the CoffeeNook plans to cut back on soups and offer more salads made from fresh, local, ingredients.
Though fans of the signature CoffeeNook soups don’t have to worry. Some soups will still be on the menu.
The owners also plan to offer the homemade ice cream Lily handed out at the grand opening event.
The CoffeeNook is currently operating on its spring schedule: open 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; noon – 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The CoffeeNook is closed on Tuesday.