Their motto is “Where the sun shines all the time.” It was a sunny morning when I visited this place a few weeks ago, when the weather was still warm, before the all-too-sudden temperature crash that accompanied the famous Hurricane Sandy. The ambiance is definitely cheerful…the soft, buttery yellow interior and incandescent lighting really makes the place inviting. You can find it right off the Lemoyne exit on Route 83 in New Cumberland, on the main drag through town called Bridge Street. It’s sort of where Lemoyne meets New Cumberland in the suburban jungle of the West Shore!
The town itself has always been known for its New Age community and tons of small curio shops. Interestingly, Bridge Street Coffeehouse is located away from downtown, but it still keeps that same vibe. They even have their own online newsletter apparently…though it’s currently “under construction.” Don’t know how long it will stay that way. It’s very much geared towards being a community meeting place rather than an archetypal beatnik joint, and there doesn’t seem to be any live music. It is quite quiet in fact, so if you’re looking for a relaxing break from the East Shore bustle, this would be a good place. There’s a bit more than just the basics as far as food goes. I didn’t try any of it, but there were bagels, sandwiches and the like.
The coffee itself was average to slightly above, though I did put in some decaf which may have messed with the overall flavor experience. Frankly, a place this cute can feel free to blame me for stuff. To be more specific about the coffee, it was just a little weak for my taste, and a tad generic compared to some bean connoisseurs I know.. The texture was as buttery and smooth as the decor though, so I’d recommend it to the breakfast crowd, not hard-core caffeine junkies like myself! Overall, you should go here if you’re looking for a break from the “scene” rather than immersion in it; some calm instead of some storm. Sometimes that’s a very good thing.