Have you ever gone into a place and instantly felt like a kid in a candy shop; so excited you could hardly decide where to start?
Walking into Gettysburg’s new Cottage Crêperie felt like winning the golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. “Now this is a story I can really sink my teeth into,” I thought.
From the aromas of freshly brewed coffees, warm spiced apples, ice creams, cinnamon, chocolate, chicken, and savory herbs, to the safe and relaxing environment reminiscent of “Mother’s” cottage kitchen, one could not help but leave all worry and cares at the door.
With savory crêpe choices including “Creamy Chicken Pesto” and “This Little Piggy,” along with the sweet “French Toast and Banana,” “Blueberry Delight,” and “Blueberry Lemon Delight” (to name a few), I could hardly decide which one I wanted to try. Finally settling on the “French Toast and Banana,” I was not disappointed, to say the least.
As soon as the crêpe hit my mouth, it was a warm delicious explosion of flavors that instantly rolled my eyes to the back of my head. At that moment, I could not have been happier. One thing I know for sure, French toast will never be the same to me again.
While the store, which opened earlier this month, may be new to Gettysburg, the cottage-style house, located at 33 Steinwehr Ave., has a long history dating back to 1891. Its proud new owner, Lori Mitchell, felt it was important to keep much of its original feel and honor its more recent tradition of serving ice cream, while adding a piece of her own heart.
“From the beginning of my concept, I’ve had family and my closest friends as a part of my vision,” she said. “Together, everyone contributed to making my dream come alive. From the paintings, decor and graphics, to the menu tweaking, I have felt the support of my closest circle in bringing my dream to life.”
Lori’s love of crêpes was born about thirty years ago at a crêpe cart on the streets of San Francisco. From the first time she sank her teeth into a strawberry, cream and Nutella crêpe, she knew she wanted to share her experience with the world.
Lori expressed her gratitude to her daughter, Erin Ernst, for encouraging her love of crêpes and designing her logo, her friend Fabio Carella for his help refining the menu and perfecting the recipes, her creative and supportive staff who help with all her ideas, and each of her vendors who help and contribute to everything that goes into the crêperie.
Lori says she is “honored to be a part of the restaurant community,” and gives back by using only local vendors. Everything she buys, including all of the artwork displayed in the crêperie, comes from Rebel Ridge Farms ( who supplies her honey, eggs and chicken), Farmstead Butcher (who supplies all her protein needs), as well as Twin Springs Farm, Molly Rock Farm, and Liberty View Creamery.
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Holly Weaver, Reporter, was raised by two United States Marine Corps sergeants in West Chester Pennsylvania. She is a wife and a mother to four children. She tries to live by and teach my children that while every day may not be good, there is something good to be found in every day.