WILMINGTON -- Peter Wallace said that since opening the new cafe Folly Foods, the community's reaction has been really strong.
"People are slowly finding us through word of mouth and referrals from local businesses," he said. "It's been great."
The cafe opened at 33 West Main Street on Aug. 23. It is located across from the new footbridge over the Deerfield Valley River.
SLIDESHOW: Take a closer look inside Folly Foods, here.
Wallace and his wife Kathleen decided there was a void that needed to be filled in Wilmington.
They had been in contact with Lisa Sullivan, owner of Bartleby's Books, to make sure that BeachHead's Coffee wasn't going to reopen after Tropical Storm Irene devastated many of the local businesses in Wilmington's downtown area.
"After a year and half, we decided to open because every town needs a coffee shop," said Wallace.
The husband and wife team moved from Nantucket, Mass., where they had lived for 30 years. Six years ago, they decided to start coming to ski more at Mount Snow and began working on the building that would become home to Folly Foods.
Specialties available at the cafe include the slow pour brewed cup of coffee, espresso, baked goods and more.
"The juices have been wildly popular," said Wallace. "We have two vegetable based juices and two fruit based. I've been overwhelmed with the popularity of the green juice, which is kale based."
Early in September, Wallace even began experimenting with making his own ice cream. His newest creation has been a Guinness flavor.
With ice cream as well as other items, Wallace only makes what he can make exceptionally.
"We buy what we can't make better," he said.
Wallace told the Reformer that since the cafe's inception, he and Kathleen have met so many different people.
"We used to be in fine dining," said Kathleen. "This being a coffee shop, mini bakery, juice bar and ice cream shop, we're getting so many diverse people in here."
As part of welcoming new customers, Folly Cups is offering the "11th Cup" program. Customers are encouraged to add their name to a rolodex and mark off each time they make a purchase. Once a person collects 10 tallies, the next item is on the house.
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