Thursday, August 16, 2012
The shop replaces the former MilkBoy Coffee.
HotHouse Coffee opened Thursday morning, replacing the former MilkBoy. The coffee house closed for renovations and rebranding at the beginning of July and now has an entirely new interior, with walnut hardwood floors, handmade zinc countertops, a small living room-type space and bamboo tabletops and bar front. The bar has also been expanded. "The transformation—it's incredible," said manager Michael O'Malley. "To see the plan and then to actually be in here and see it, it looks exactly like the 3D rendering." Local architect Form A+D brought owner Natalia Carignan's vision to life, O'Malley said. "They deserve mad props," he said. O'Malley said they plan to add lots of flowers to the decor as well—"It is a 'HotHouse,' after all," he said. …
Friday, July 20, 2012
The coffee shop will reopen in early August.
The Bryn Mawr coffee house long known as MilkBoy is changing names—to HotHouse Coffee—and reopening from renovations in early August, owners announced on Facebook. The 822 W. Lancaster Ave. coffee shop changed ownership in March and closed for renovations and rebranding at the beginning of July. HotHouse Coffee will continue to serve Counter Culture coffee and will maintain its same staff and discounts for students and Bryn Mawr Film Institute patrons, owner Natalia Carignan said in March. A few additional snacks will be added to the menu, according to the HotHouse Coffee Facebook profile.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
The new coffee shop is expected to reopen in early August.
Bryn Mawr MilkBoy closed its doors July 4 for renovations and should reopen early August under a different name, which has not yet been announced. Natalia Carignan in March took over ownership from Tommy Joyner and Jamie Lokoff, who still own the Ardmore and Philadelphia MilkBoy locations. Carignan signed a five-year lease. What are you hoping for? What do you want to see stay the same and what do you want to see changed? Tell us in the comments. Renovations will include a new floor and painting, Carignan told Patch in March. The shop will continue to serve Counter Culture coffee and the same baked goods, and Bryn Mawr Film Institute patrons and students will still receive discounts.
Friday, March 2, 2012
Her five-year lease began March 1.
The Bryn Mawr MilkBoy changed hands March 1 and will see some changes in the next few months. The Counter Culture coffee and the baked goods and staff will remain the same, but the name and decor will change, said new owner Natalia Carignan. The coffee shop will have to close for some of the remodeling, which will include new floors and painting, she said, and will reopen under a new name. The goal is for that to happen sometime within the next month to six weeks, Carignan said, but a new name has yet to be chosen. "I'm hoping people continue to patronize it," Carignan said. Part of Carignan's vision also involves "Third Wave Coffee," for customers who have more time to spend on their coffee, she said. Carignan went to Portland, OR, to …