By Roger Straub | HTNP Reviews
I recently visited with Mark Thiede at his newly opened coffee shop, Two Wrasslin’ Cats, located at the meeting of Routes 82 and 151 in East Haddam.
This quaint shop has been a dream of Mark’s for years. Back in the 90’s, he explored the possibility of becoming involved in a franchise with Starbucks Coffee, however that idea never solidified. Instead, Mark began to explore the option of opening his own shop.
Originally from the Torrington area, he knew that he wanted to develop his coffee shop in a smaller town. A friend suggested the Moodus /East Haddam area, and Mark began to look for an appropriate building here.
At first, he planned to open a shop in the village section of historic East Haddam but in the summer of 2012, he discovered a 1784 house for sale on Route 82. The location – with a beautiful back yard feel and good traffic flow – was perfect.
The next step was to get the necessary approvals from local zoning and after that, there was some renovation work to be done.
Once these tasks were complete, the vision Mark had pursued for years became a reality – as Two Wrasslin’ Cats.
Last week, the coffee shop opened and from all indications looks to be a wonderful and successful gathering place for its patrons.
Mark’s goal for his shop is that it becomes a venue for the East Haddam /Moodus area that supports the art, entertainment and cultural community.
“Being open to a diversity of talents and interests is critical,” he said. “I want the coffee shop to become a popular meeting place, where no suggestion of purpose or entertainment/learning environment is ignored.”
The shop’s name, Two Wrasslin’ Cats, was inspired by his wrasslin’ playful pet cats Bruno and Larry, who got their names from former pro wrestlers Bruno Sammartino and Larry Zbyszko.
The coffee shop boasts a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and features a variety of specialty coffees, smoothies, iced coffees and teas, sandwiches, wraps, soups and great baked goods and breads.
Two Wrasslin’ Cats is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with extended hours for weekend entertainment and special events.
I can’t help feeling that Two Wrasslin’ Cats will become a wonderful destination, as well as an asset to the area.
Posted June11, 2013
Related link: Two Wrasslin’ Cats on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TwoWrasslinCats
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