October 27, 2010

Six Mile Coffee

Java junkies have new place to fuel up
'Six Mile Coffee' stirs up competition on Frederick Road
By Alan J. McCombs and Lauren Fulbright

It's full steam ahead for Chris Sikora as he prepares for the grand opening of Six Mile Coffee on Frederick Road on Saturday, Oct. 30. Sikora, who also owns a bakery in Ellicott City, says the new coffee shop will feature some bakery items and sandwiches, but "coffee is going to be our main business." The business has already been a regular vendor at the Catonsville Farmers Market. (Staff photo by Kitty Charlton)
Something new is brewing on Catonsville's main thoroughfare.
Six Mile Coffee is scheduled to open this week in the former Chesapeake Bank Building at 609 Frederick Road.

"We think it's a great location for a coffee shop," store owner Chris Sikora said. "It has parking. It's off the Beltway so people can pick up their coffee on their way to work."

Last week, power tools and boxes still covered the floor of the new business, which is near Catonsville Elementary School.

But Sikora said the coffee shop will be ready for its Saturday, Oct. 30 grand opening, with the possibility of a soft opening before then.

Though Six Mile Coffee will join nearby competitors such as Dunkin' Donuts and Friendly's that offer patrons a cuppa joe, Sikora is confident the business will set itself apart.

"Coffee is going to be our main business, as opposed to other places that do other things and sell coffee," he said.

While the store has yet to open, Six Mile Coffee has already been making an impression in Catonsville.

The business has been a regular at the Sunday farmers' market near Friendly's in the 700 block of Frederick Road.

At the store's tent Aug. 22, customers could buy a hot coffee for $1.50 and an iced coffee for $2.

The hot coffee appealed to one self-described coffee addict, Catherine Holden of Halethorpe.

"It's a smooth coffee, not very heavy, not bitter," said the history and social studies teacher at Franklin High School, in Reisterstown. "It's just good coffee, simple and to the point and what you need at 6 a.m."

For her friend and fellow educator at Franklin High, Lisa Siegfried, Six Mile Coffee seemed like a place she could see herself frequenting on her way to work.

"I like to patronize small businesses," she said.

Six Mile Coffee is named for the nearby marker that notes the distance on the road to the port of Baltimore.

"Plus, I figured every cute name for a coffee shop ... has already been taken," Sikora said.

The new business isn't the first for Sikora. He owns and operates Sweet, a bakery in Ellicott City, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

After looking at the property for about a year, Sikora opted to open the coffee shop in Catonsville because of his familiarity with the town, he said.

"I've always liked Catonsville, the community spirit," he said. "People take a lot of pride in locally owned business and their town, and we wanted to be part of it."

The operating hours are planned for 6 a.m. to around 8 or 10 p.m. daily, with closing time depending on demand.

In addition to its regular blend of fair-trade and organic coffee, the coffee shop will offer a selection of bakery items like muffins, scones, pies and cakes from Sweet. There will also be a selection of sandwiches, salads and bread pizza made in a high-speed oven, Sikora said.

Inside, the store will offer free wireless Internet access that Sikora hopes will transform it into a meeting place both for area residents and college students, Sikora said.

The bank's former drive-through window will also find a new use: serving coffee-craving drivers on their morning commute, he said.

October 26, 2010

Catonsville Comet Booster Clum Bingo

**Vera Bradley/Longaberger Bingo
To Benefit the Catonsville Comet Booster Club
Saturday, November 6, 2010

Doors open at 5:30/Bingo starts at 6:30
Early Bird game at 6:15
Bags/Baskets will be filled
Food/Drinks will be available for purchase

To be held at
4416 Wilkens Avenue
Tickets $20.00
Includes 18 regular games of bingo

For ticket information, please contact
Terry Kendrick: 410-242-1760 or kendrickkids@comcast.

October 24, 2010

Quarter Auction to Benefit CHS After Prom Party

Catonsville High School’s

WhenFri, October 29, 6:00pm – 9:30pm

WhereThe Lodge at The Lodge i2832 Nine Mile Circle (off of Frederick Road), Catonsville, MD 21228 (map)

DescriptionDoors open 6:00 pm. Auction begins 6:45 pm. In advance by 10/8 -- $20 for admission & receive 1 paddle + $10 in quarters $25 at the door for admission (No minors, please.) Some tickets will be available at the door for $25 Extra paddles available for $5 while they last! Purchase a table (10 tickets) in advance and get an additional free paddle to increase your chances of winning!!! Items will be auctioned for 1 to 4 quarters by your favorite home party sales vendors--based on the retail value of the item: $1 to $24.99 = 1 quarter $25 to $49.99 = 2 quarters $50 to $74.99 = 3 quarters $75 and up = 4 quarters Bring an extra roll or two of quarters and your friends!! (Additional quarters available at the Event) “Golden VIP Paddle” Raffle 50/50 Raffles Door Prizes to be Awarded Questions? Contact Rita Hall ritahall56@verizon.net or quarter.auction@yahoo.com

October 21, 2010

The Catonsville Shop

**SHOP CATONSVILLE is now open!!
Now thru the holidays, the Booster Club will have a store front to display and sell all CATONSVILLE and CATONSVILLE COMET clothing and novelty items!

Located at 819 Frederick Road – Next door to You Scream Ice Cream Shop

October hours are:
Thursdays & Fridays 11am-2pm and 5pm-8pm
Saturdays 10am-1pm
Sundays 4pm-8pm

November and December hours will be posted on the Comet Booster website www.cometboosterclub.com

Pub Crawl This Friday


FRIDAY OCTOBER 22, 2010 Starting at 6pm

We will begin our journey at Sea Hut. We will then move to the other participating restaurants. Ships Café, Jennings Café, Morsebergers, and G.L. ShacksA $20 donation goes to support C.M.C.A. and includes a Catonsville Pub Crawl mug as well as your choice of various Ravens’ Merchandise.There will be other games, prizes, and giveaways as well. We have arranged “happy hour” prices on drinks and appetizers for the evening at each establishment.
C.M.C.A. is a volunteer organization. Our efforts support the local area Children’s’ Home, R.I.C.A. Johns Hopkins, among others. C.M.C.A. also hosts Catonsville’s’ annual Easter Egg Hunt and the 4th of July Games and Races

October 19, 2010

Dear Friends,
Don't miss the social event of the season at the library Friday night! It's a great way to invest in our library, meet interesting authors and make new friends! Hope to see you there! Thanks for sharing this press release . . . . . Maggie

Contact: Maggie Schorr
Board Member
Phone 410.746.7482

Catonsville Library
1100 Frederick Road
Catonsville, MD 21228
Phone 410.887.0951
Friends of the Catonsville Library

October 14, 2010
Catonsville, MD

“Words & Wine” Event on October 22 to Benefit Catonsville Library

Mingle with fellow book-lovers in the library stacks; engage in conversation with local authors; sip on wine varietals; savor gourmet cheeses and desserts; listen to classical guitarist Bob Margolis. It’s all happening at the 5th Annual Wine & Cheese Author Reception to benefit the Catonsville Library. The Friends of the Catonsville Library will host “Words & Wine” on Friday, October 22, 2010, from 7-9 p.m. at the Catonsville Library, 1100 Frederick Road, Catonsville, Maryland 21228. Tickets are $25 and available at the Catonsville Library or at the door. This year’s proceeds will be used to conserve historic documents in the Catonsville Room, and also to support Catonsville High School’s literary magazine, Ellipsis.
More than 15 authors from the area will share their work and have books available for sale and signing. Authors include: Steve Luxenberg, Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalist, author of Annie’s Ghost; Michael Collier, former Poet Laureate for Maryland; Rafael Alvarez, Jane Byers, Maud Casey, Louis Diggs, Kate Dolan, Dan Fesperman, Tom Flynn, Antero Pietila, John Rowell, Deborah Rudacille, David Shackelford, Suzanne Supplee, Joe Swope, Meg Tipper, Laura Wexler, Marsha Wight Wise.
In Luxenberg’s much-lauded Annie’s Ghost, the author explores the discovery that his mother, who claimed to be an only child, had a sister in an asylum. Topics other authors have tackled include a journey into the land of grief following the sudden death of a daughter; a teenager’s quest to follow her Nashville dream to become a singer; suspenseful tales of intrigue set in some of the world’s most volatile locales, to name a few. In keeping with Catonsville’s Bicentennial Celebration, some writers’ works reflect the area’s storied past.
Sponsors include The Wine Bin, SugarBakers Cakes, Sweet a Bakery & Café and Wegman’s.
Since 1962, the Friends’ mission has been to support and enhance the Catonsville library, including maintaining and promoting the Catonsville Historical Room. The Friends of the Catonsville Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; donations are tax-deductible.

October 18, 2010

County Council Canidate's Debate Saturday


Saturday, October 23rd
Billy and Liz Cook’s backyard
122 Forest Drive

Bring a lawnchair – this will be the same format as the Democratic primary event

On the Lighter Side!