Dining Scene: M&M Coffee Shop & Roasters

Photographer: Emily Mallis

M&M Coffee Shop & Roasters isn’t named for the famous multi-colored, button-shaped candies. Occupying the former home of the popular Crimson Frog Coffeehouse in Camp Hill, the new cafe is owned and operated by Linda Arvey and her son Matthew Salisbury. M&M stands for “Mom & Matthew.”

Arvey started roasting coffee in her garage about six years ago. It started as a hobby instigated by a challenge from a friend. “I have a friend who’s a coffee snob,” Arvey says. “He told me that I didn’t know what a good cup of coffee was.”

It didn’t take long for Arvey’s new passion to develop into a more substantial undertaking. She eventually purchased a commercial roaster and started selling her coffee products online under the name of Linda Jean’s Coffee Beans. Last November, she decided to take her business to the next level, opening M&M – a full-scale coffee shop.

The location at 1104 Carlisle Road came about through what Arvey describes as serendipity. “I was looking, the Crimson Frog was closing. It just worked out,” she says. “The main thing was that it had room for the roaster. Besides that, I just painted and put a floor down.”

Arvey stresses the importance of in-house roasting and freshness in distinguishing M&M from other local cafes. “There are places that sell coffee but don’t do their own roasting,” she says.

In another break with typical coffeehouse fare, M&M sells more than just coffee and baked goods. The cafe features a full menu of breakfast and lunch items, including customer favorites like the hardy egg sandwich. “It’s a hit,” says Arvey, referring to the three-egg sandwich that’s made fresh in-house.

Arvey hopes people will also love the Friday night musical guests she plans to start hosting in the near future. “We’re trying to develop regular musical guest nights,” she says. “I’ve got feelers out all over the place.”

Arvey and her staff are also developing a rapport with their customers – not only through their homespun menu and welcoming atmosphere, but also through social media. “I’ve had people come in because they saw our Facebook page,” Arvey says, adding that she tries to regularly update the page with news and specials.

• 1104 Carlisle Road, Suite 210, Camp Hill;  525-7693
• Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tuesday and Friday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
• Wheelchair accessible, credit cards accepted, completely nonsmoking, reservations not necessary, alcohol not served, takeout available

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