When opened in the '80s, it was one of two coffee shops in town.
Now, it's one of about 10.
Yet customers have stayed loyal, and last year Buster's celebrated its 25th anniversary. Just last week,
Owners (and sisters) Renee Richards, Colette Richards and Monica Barry couldn't be happier that they've still got the support of the community.
"The Starbucks thing is hard to swallow, because there are so many of them. But it’s all good," said Renee Richards. “Everyone goes to different places, so it's very sweet for us [to win].”
Richards recalls when her family opened the shop in 1986: "There wasn't really much of anything [in the community when we opened.] There was one other coffee shop down by : House of Coffee."
"A lot of people have been coming here forever," she continued. "Moms with kids who were not even born yet are still coming in, and their kids are now in college—so it's cool."
Richards admits it was her own mom, Clara, who always wanted to open a ice cream shop. And when moved out of town, it was only suiting that the Richards family create a neighborhood hub of its own.
(Clara Richards owns on Meridian Avenue. )
After opening, it was Colette who decided to introduce coffee to the menu. And most recently, she and her sisters added a small kitchen upstairs and started serving a lunch menu.
As for the coffee, the shop houses all organic purchased from four different companies including Wilson Coffee Roasting Company and Jones Coffee Roasters.
But one of Buster's signature drinks is the Frosted Mocha: espresso blended with vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and whip cream. Yum!
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