Manville, meet your new neighbors

Manville, meet your new neighbors

LINCOLN - It's the kind of place where the owners know your name, have your coffee order memorized, and grab the door for you on your way out.

After opening at 390 Old River Road last week, The Coffee Cubby has already turned patrons into regulars on its way to becoming part of the Manville neighborhood.

Owners John Hammond and Jill Putrino opened the shop with just that intent.

"Some high school kids with Alex and Ani bracelets found us yesterday, so that's good," Hammond said.

Hammond, who has 12 years of experience in the business, originally found the space across from Hunter's Insurance after taking a wrong turn on the way to his brother's house in Woonsocket.

He saw the "For Rent" sign, drove around the neighborhood, and "the rest is going to be history," he said.

But Hammond, who also works as a carpenter, did not want to do it on his own. He recruited Putrino, his sister-in-law who graduated from University of Rhode Island in 2011, to be his partner.

"It was like asking a girl to prom," he said, since Putrino had thought she would pick up a few shifts for gas money. But she happily accepted.

Putrino had worked for Hammond at other coffee shops, and she also spent time at "evil empires," as she called them. But she acknowledged that her experiences have given her assets that combine big business efficiency with small business charm.

She quickly got to work designing the space and employing Hammond to do the carpentry. The counter is made from pallette boards, giving the space a cozy, rustic feel. The wood also forms square cubbies on the wall, where an eclectic mix of coffee pots and mugs are displayed.

The wood also follows along the bottom of the pastry display case. Hammond bakes fresh scones, cookies and brownies every morning from his own recipes, which are not written down. He also makes breakfast sandwiches and bagel pizzas.

The shop also offers a variety of teas, fresh fruit smoothies and, of course, coffees and espresso-based drinks, at the big donut chains' price points, Hammond said.

The flavored coffees are made from flavored beans, not syrup. Eventually, the shop will sell coffee by the pound.

"It's a nice little opportunity to stop to get a bite to eat," he said. "We're very consistent. We're very good at what we do."

And they are eager for the community to get to know them.

"We have got a sense of how tight-knit the village is," Hammond said. "We just want to be a part of the neighborhood."

The Coffee Cubby is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Find them online at www.facebook.com/thecoffeecubby or call 401-533-8281.