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Penny’s Coffee Bar welcomed in South Cape

By KATIE EGAN - | Nov 12, 2020

KATIE EGAN The interior of Penny’s Coffee Bar on Southeast 47th Terrace in downtown Cape Coral.

There’s a new coffee shop in downtown Cape Coral.

Local art lines the walls, it supports animals and the local animal shelter, it’s inviting and feels homey and just looking at the pastry case will make your taste buds sing.

Penny’s Coffee Bar opened on Sept. 8.

It’s a fun, unique place to go relax and unwind.

“The goal is to bring nostalgia into and identify with the community,” said owner Sherri Peterson. “It’s all about coming in here and just having a good time.”

KATIE EGAN A sample of some of the items available for sale at Penny’s Coffee Bar on Southeast 47th Terrace in downtown Cape Coral.

Penny’s Coffee Bar is named after Peterson’s Chihuahua rescue dog.

There is a penny walkway from the register to the coffee pick-up station, penny candy, a picture of the coffee bar’s namesake on the back wall, and Peterson would like to bring in a penny roller machine.

“It would be great,” she said. “Every time I go to an amusement park, I bring pennies home, and I want our customers to be able to do the same. Bring a piece of Cape Coral home with them.”

The coffee bar supports the Cape Coral Animal Shelter and pet-related events. As a community, they feel we can make a difference.

There is a donation box so customers can lend their pennies to support the many pets waiting for their forever homes.

Peterson has always had a passion for coffee and food.

Her daughter, Amber, worked for four years in a coffee shop in Ohio and she’s been a baker.

Peterson has line of seasonings and salsa. She loves to bake, too.

She researched opening a coffee shop for five to six years. It’s something Peterson has wanted to do for a long time.

“But I haven’t had the ability until now,” she said. “So, once this got started, I got the keys and got going.”

She took out the ceiling in the shop to give it an industrial feeling.

There’s a great outdoor space and Peterson made sure she took advantage of that.

“It’s quiet so you can hear the birds outside,” she said. “There are tables underneath a tree and we’ve got umbrellas. Between the inside and the outside, I think it feels comfortable.”

So far, they’ve gotten a great response from the community.

Customers have told Peterson they’re a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

They bake their own scones, cookies and mini cannolis.

The macaroons come from Fort Myers-based Le Macaron and the bagels are from Stuff a Bagel.

Penny’s offers lattes, macchiatos, cappuccinos, Americanos, espresso and iced and hot coffee, which is roasted locally.

Peterson says she loves lattes. One of her new favorite drinks is a tea latte.

They’re made with The Republic Tea and there are a variety of flavors.

Peterson loves the blackberry sage tea latte.

Penny’s also offers smoothies, iced tea, hot tea, spiced chai tea lattes, matcha lattes, cold brew coffee, white mochas and frappes.

Peterson says what she loves about coffee is the flavor and starting her day with it.

“I can’t see my day without coffee,” she said. “And to just sit and read a book and relax with it.”

Amber Peterson says the caramel macchiato and all types of frappes are the most popular drinks.

The macaroons, bagels and scones are doing well.

Lunch sandwiches are steadily picking up.

The lunch menu features egg salad sandwiches, chicken salad sandwiches, tuna salad sandwiches, ham and cheese and peanut butter and jelly.

Peterson says she wants to bring in a Panini press and malt mixer.

She thinks it’ll be a welcome addition as another lunch option for the neighborhood’s local businesses and their employees.

“I’ve been looking in this area for awhile,” she said. “When 47th Terrace started its transformation, all I could see was opportunity.”

She also thought about downtown Fort Myers.

“There are some things Fort Myers had that I was hoping Cape Coral would grow into like walk around traffic. Now that we have that, it creates this urban Cape Coral feel.

“I wanted to be in the heart of it,” Peterson said. “When this place became vacant, I grabbed it at the first chance.”

Now they’re here and the community is welcome.

Amber Peterson says she wants people to leave smiling.

“And caffeinated or not caffeinated, it’s your choice,” she said.

“I love Cape Coral. I was born and raised here. I want to create a whole family in this place (Penny’s).”