By Elizabeth Van Pilsum, Arts and Culture Editor
Originally Published October 31, 2023
Good news for the coffee-lovers of Saint Vincent College (SVC): a new coffee shop has opened in the local area. Located in Greensburg and approximately 20 minutes from campus, Cutie’s Coffee Company is a brand-new addition to the independent coffee shops near SVC.
Cutie’s Coffee Company is owned by Kaitlyn Crawford, who also owns The Doormat Company, which provides custom doormats to customers as well as doormat painting classes. Crawford narrated her journey to opening the coffee shop on her Instagram page, @cutiescoffeecompany. Starting in Feb. 2023, Crawford renovated a vacant store to create an apartment on the top two floors and the coffee shop on the ground floor.The building is made of hand-made brick dating back to the early 1900’s, and all the original brick exterior and interior was preserved while other massive changes were made. The parking lot was repaved, and inside the coffee shop, there was new electricity, flooring, walls, and ceiling. One big renovation was converting the front window into a garage door to open in warmer weather.
By the time of the grand opening, Cutie’s Coffee Company was almost finished, and the only thing missing was extra seating, which arrived later that week to complete the look.
The coffee shop opened to the public on Oct. 14, and it was a celebration of the local community with a handmade vendor market, local brewery, freebies and raffles, and lots of coffee. Some SVC students visited Cutie’s Coffee Company opening weekend and had a good experience.
“I absolutely love to explore different quaint little coffee shops, so I was super excited to check out Cutie’s,” Celena Colcombe, junior theology and psychology double major, said. “The workers were super friendly and welcoming. I tried two different fall drinks, and both were really good! They were also playing great music which only added to the delightful atmosphere.”
A second student, Kaley Lazere, junior psychology major, also had similar experiences.
“The space was very cute and unique. It was fairly small but it worked well for what they were doing, and it was very aesthetically pleasing,” Lazere said. “I'd totally go back.”
Lazere also enjoyed the drinks she got from the shop, especially the seasonal chai she tried. “It was really good, and the chai flavor was better than most others I’ve had,” Lazere said.
If you are interested in visiting Cutie’s Coffee Company yourself, it is located on 243 W Otterman Street in Greensburg and is open from Monday to Thursday 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.