...Opening the doors to Miz Martha’s Pie & Coffee Shop, June 13, 2016, was fulfillment of a dream Martha Taylor has cherished for years.
Martha and her husband Dennis bought the old
Ferguson Greenhouse, next door to her new business, in 1993. They opened the greenhouse in 1994.
...Martha loved the old house and did not want to see it dozed down. She visualized possibilities for re-purposing the historic piece of property.
...Her love for baking and sharing freshly made treats contributed to her thoughts of a simple little coffee shop. She visualized a place where she could keep the historic old home standing and while she was prolonging the life of the house, she could earn a living.
...“Our family shares my love for the house,” she said. They enjoy coming home to the old house. Their expression is they feel like “the old house is giving them a hug.”
...After Dennis and Martha closed their Big Creek Garden Center, they started working on the house to allow Martha’s dream business to become a reality.
...She accumulated pieces of furntiture and gave each table top personality with her own original painting. She even painted the floor to help set the mood for her “tea room.”
...Martha is also intrigued with the history associated with the house. She thinks it might be the last “Old Town” building still standing.
...Another reason Martha wants to share her old house with the community. “I want people to come to my shop and feel comfortable and secure,” she said. She hopes they will want to relax, sit and enjoy the fellowship of their dining companions and leave with great feelings and a desire to return.
...Her hours are Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. She will offer a daily lunch
entree, coffee or tea, desserts and sweet treats. Her sister-in-law, Judy Taylor is her assistant.
...Dennis is proud of Martha’s new business, and is happy she has reached a goal with the opening, but he has declared he will NEVER put on an apron. Some people who know Dennis’s devotion to helping Martha achieve her dreams may have a “wait and see” attitude about his NEVER declaration.
...Martha is in her element - using her talent for taking care of people’s needs. “I feel like an Ambassador,” she said. She has an added joy of using her mother’s sour dough starter for the breads and family recipes for pineapple/mandarin orange cake and a three layer chocolate fudge cake with raspberry icing to tempt her ladies to go ahead and indulge with no worry about calories.
...“I’m not in competition with anyone. I want the food I serve to be so good, they will want to return for more good food,” Martha said.
...She has accepted knowing she will not be able to please everyone and is keeping a joyful heart and the hope that the community will recognize Miz Martha’s Pie & Coffee Shop as a destination place.
...“Maybe this can be our Woman Cave,” she suggested.