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Coffee Shop to Open This Spring on The Hill

Morning Glory is currently under construction but plans to open in the late spring with coffee, pastries and a small menu.

The former Something Special retail business on the Hill is under construction and will be morphing into Morning Glory, serving coffee, pastries and other small menu items. 

Executive Chef and General Manager Andre Neimanis said the coffee shop will open in late March or early April. Construction workers can be seen working there daily. 

During Saturday's Winterfest on The Hill, Pastry Chef Amy Gallagher, Neimanis and coffee supplier Howard Davis, of Coffee Express in Plymouth, gave specialty coffee drinks, hot cocoa, straight-up coffee and cookies away to attendees. 

The spread included peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies as well as chocolate biscotti, all made by Gallagher. She is anxious for the shop to open and hopes it becomes the go to spot for Grosse Pointers for specialty pastries. 

Gallagher has been in the baking business for about 10 years and worked previously for Whole Foods specializing in organic and natural baking, she said.

A sample menu handed out to Winterfest attendees shows the coffee shop will be a bit more, serving breakfast from 6 to 11 a.m. daily, soups, salads, paninies and flat breads. The most expensive menu item is a Sesame Ginger Vegetable Salad with a chicken breast at $9.

One stand out for the future coffee shop is its liquor license, Neimanis said. Morning Glory will offer liquor drinks to customers, such as Spanish Coffee, and will offer glasses of wine, he said.

Among the pastries, the menu boasts breads, torts, wedding cakes, pies and more. Additionally, after it's up and running, Neimanis said the hope is to do deliveries within the Pointes. At first, he said, they want to become a supplier to other businesses in the area and then they would like to offer home service. Eventually, he said, the store could do holiday or home parties. 

The face of the building has changed in the last several months. Most noticable is the facade of the building has been removed and a door to enter the future coffee shop is several steps from the sidewalk. This area will be transformed into an outdoor seating area for customers featuring a fireplace and heating in the winter, Neimanis said. 

Many Winterfest attendees anxiously asked questions about its debut in the Farms and were eager to test their goodies. 

Morning Glory is a project by Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe owner, Gretchen Valade. 

Mark VanOsdol January 16, 2011 at 04:20 AM
Sara, you forgot to mention that the chocolate chip cookies were absurdly, ridiculously good. Of course maybe you don't know this because Mark VO ate them all.
Mark Schaffer June 03, 2011 at 01:44 AM
My first AND LAST experience at Morning Glory! I walk into this beautiful establishment to find myself about to be astonished. I walked up to the counter and was ignored by three people behind the counter. I ask for a cannoli and was once again overlooked. Finally I gain the attention of one girl. She seemed almost intoxicated with her speech and responses. I asked her if she had iced coffee, she rolled her eyes and said “well…yeah…no!” and walks away! I was stunned! I asked another employee for the cannoli and after much time he got it. I didn’t get any coffee because none of the employees wanted to help. On my way out, I met the worst employee of all, a short dark haired women yelling and screaming. She screamed like she was about to have a myocardial infarction. She yelled and kicked and screamed like a baby. She looked to be the manager no less! I quickly ran to my car and drove to the police station. I was very excited about having a new coffee shop in the Hill and was counting the days down. What a disappointment! I have never felt so unwelcome in my life! If you want coffee, go to Starbucks (at least they are friendly and have more that one coffee choice). If you want a cannoli, go to Bommarito’s. If you want real pastries, go to Josef's. If you want to feel undesirable, unwelcome, disgusted and, disappointed, go to Morning Glory.

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