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The List(s) You Never Knew You Needed – #2: Coffee Shops Around Grove City

There are multiple prospective students that visit Grove City College each year, giving them a glimpse into the experience Grove City has to offer. While tour guides do a great job of painting the picture at Grove City College, there are experiences and opportunities external to the perimeter of the school, and often that conversation is not approached or addressed during these visits. No matter where individuals end up for school, most students discover the hidden gems of the area once they begin school. And sometimes students never discover the hidden gems! Whether you are a freshman looking for something to do on a school night, a sophomore looking for a weekend adventure, a junior wanting to go hiking, or a senior wanting to soak up every last minute, I am here to change that conversation and provide the list(s) of to-dos you never knew you needed.

If you are not into coffee now, it is possible that you will become a fan of coffee in college. And if that does not stand to be true, chances are you will find yourself visiting coffee shops for an assortment of other reasons… studying, meeting with people, grabbing a quick bite to eat, or getting drinks other than coffee. This list consists of some of the hidden coffee shops within the area that could be the perfect place to satisfy any reason to go to a coffee shop.

Coffee Shops:

* gluten free options available

  • Beans on Broad * – 4 minutes from campus
    • 141 S Broad St., Grove City, PA 16127
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    • Casual + cozy atmosphere, two stories, lots of indoor seating, espresso/coffee/tea/smoothies/others, sandwiches (lettuce wraps available)/salads/pastries, locally sourced coffee/milk/pastries, local crafts available to buy
  • Collage Coffee – 4 minutes from campus
    • 221 S Broad St., Grove City, PA 16127
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    • Casual + hipster atmosphere, limited indoor seating, high quality drinks, espresso/coffee/tea/others, oatmeal/quiche/pastries/desserts, home-brewed kombucha, high quality art for sale, unique roasts for sale (whole bean and ground)
  • Pampered Palate Café and Bistro * – 11 minutes from campus
    • 225 Westside Square Drive Suite 117, Mercer, PA 16137
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    • Panera-like atmosphere, full breakfast/lunch menu, espresso/coffee/tea/smoothies/others, gluten free alternatives, lots of indoor seating, limited outdoor seating available
  • Mugsies Coffee House – 24 minutes from campus
    • 139 South Market St., New Wilmington, PA 16142
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    • Quaint atmosphere, limited indoor seating, house-roasted and brewed coffee blends daily, locally sourced ingredients (the Amish are GREAT farmers!), espresso/coffee/tea/ smoothies/milkshakes, sandwiches/pastries/bagels, located near Westminster college, other local shops, and the sweet town of Volant
  • O’Neill Coffee Roasters * – 30 minutes from campus
    • 14 Fair Street, West Middlesex, PA 16159
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    • Warm + welcoming atmosphere, lots of NEW seating, all beans are roasted across the street (sometimes it smells like burnt toast!), espresso/coffee/tea/smoothies, packaged sweets + goods, high-end home good products for sale, gift packages, coffee roasts for sale (whole bean and ground)
  • The Confluence * – 32 minutes from campus
    • 214 E Washington St., New Castle, PA 16101
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    • Peaceful + warm atmosphere, fireplace, lots of indoor seating, live music performed often, nonprofit for kids in the foster system, espresso/coffee/tea/others, sandwiches/salads/wraps/pastries/specials
  • Papa Gelateria 
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    • Authentic Italian gelato + espresso-based drinks (affogato is AMAZING!), specialty panini sandwiches (made with Mancini’s Bakery Focaccia bread and locally sourced meats + cheeses – YUM!), pastries/specialty items
    • New Castle location (opened seasonally) – 33 minutes from campus
      • 318 Highland Ave., New Castle, PA 16101
      • Limited indoor/outdoor seating, stage + patio overlooking New Castle (beautiful overlook!), occasional live music
    • New Wilmington location (opened year-round) – 24 minutes from campus
      • 141 S Market St., New Wilmington, PA 16142
      • Limited indoor/outdoor seating, located in the college town of New Wilmington
  • Wunderbar Coffee & Crepes * – 33 minutes from campus
    • 253 Mercer St., Harmony, PA 16037
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    • Eclectic + cute atmosphere, backroom library/coffee lounge, savory and sweet gluten free crepes, soups/salads/gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches/wraps/waffles/breakfast sandwiches, espresso/coffee/tea/handcrafted sodas/others, Located in the historic German town of Harmony (there’s a bakery next door!)
  • Kovfino – 36 minutes from campus
    • 157 W Adams St., Cochranton, PA 16314
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    • Warm + cozy atmosphere, fireplace, limited indoor seating, attached to a movie theater (the Iris Theater), nonprofit, espresso/coffee/tea, snacks/sweets/candy/popcorn/cotton candy/ice cream
  • Vacavi Café * – 45 minutes from campus
    • 100 Water St., Conneaut Lake, PA 16316
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    • Eclectic + earthy atmosphere, lots of indoor seating, scenic view of Conneaut Lake, espresso/coffee/tea (loose leaf)/smoothies, wraps/paninis/soups/salads/cheeses/pastries/sample platters/desserts
  • Market House Caffe * – 46 minutes from campus
    • 8480 E Market St., Warren, OH 44484
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    • Homey + warm atmosphere, renovated home turned into a coffee shop, fireplace, lots of indoor seating, espresso/coffee/tea, gourmet toast bar/jar bar (oats + yogurt)/pastries (gluten free options)/other breakfast items
  • The Mocha House * – 52 minutes from campus
    • 467 High Street, Warren, OH 44481
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    • Café meets diner/restaurant atmosphere, Lots of indoor seating, espresso/coffee/tea/smoothies, extensive breakfast/lunch/dinner food menu, known for their MANY desserts, located near historic downtown Warren
  • Rock’n Joe Coffee – 59 minutes from campus
    • 524 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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    • Electric + open atmosphere, large outdoor patio with seating, limited indoor seating, espresso/coffee/tea/smoothies, sandwiches/pastries, located near parks + other small shops, fun drive to get there!
  • Carnegie Coffee Co. – 1 hour, 1 minute away from campus
    • 132 E Main St., Carnegie, PA 15106
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    • Historic + charming atmosphere, old post-office building, take a book/leave a book library, functioning pharmacy located inside, two stories, lots of indoor seating, breakfast/lunch/desserts menu, espresso/coffee/tea, Lavazza coffee – #1 selling coffee in Italy

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