Christine Pagano, left, is the owner of Ventnor Coffee, which is having a grand opening Sunday.

Business: Ventnor Coffee

Location: 108 N. Dorset Ave., Ventnor

Owner: Christine Pagano, of Margate

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Employees: Owner operated, with help from adult daughters Tiffany Brady, of Glen Burnie, Md., and Laura Pagano, of Margate

Phone: 609-541-2789

Ventnor Coffee offers a variety of coffees — regular old coffee, iced coffee, cappuccino, all those good things. We have espresso drinks, hot and cold. With them, we have pastries, brownies and cookies.

Our espresso machine cost almost as much as the car. It’s a Portofino, a beautiful Italian-style machine.

We have a water-filtration system to assure our beverages are made with the purest water.

We also serve water, juices and juice drinks, but no sodas.

A lot of our furnishings are repurposed. We have an awesome bookshelf made from shipping pallets. We’re trying to reuse pieces to create a casual, living room feel. You can come in and watch TV.

We’re going to do live bands, which should generate a lot of local interest.

Our grand opening Sunday will feature the Bob Sterling Band, who played at Rockin’ in the Thunder at the Ventnor Pier for the Fourth of July. We can seat 12 inside and 16 outside on patio tables.

Our walls will display the works of local artists, such as Jonathan Baker, a really sweet guy who does a lot of surf and beach scenes as well as Lucy the Elephant. Our daughter, Laura Pagano, paints, as well. We’ll rotate our artists, switching them in and out after about a month, so there will be something new always when you come in.

Ventnor Heights is a great area. We have Annette’s, a breakfast and luncheon place, Custard’s Last Stand and Viggo Pizzeria directly across from us. All of them have been so welcoming.

Entry: I was in real estate since the mid-1990s, and a few months ago I decided to take the summer off and spend time with my grandchildren. My husband saw the “For Rent” sign in the window, and that’s how it started.

We’ve wanted to bring that coffeehouse vibe to the area for years, in a place like this, which is a former garage. It’s neat.

The future: We’ll give away free coffee from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday for our grand opening. We want to see how well we’re received and how well we do in the off season, and we’ll adjust accordingly.


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