As Valentine’s Day approaches, what better way to celebrate the relationships of life than over a hot cup of coffee? Shared moments over a coffee can be a perfect date.
Getting together over a cup of coffee is casual. It’s not going to break the bank. There’s no pressure. And, well, there’s coffee — what’s not to like about that?
As Brian Medford, owner of The Rusty Cup in Astoria, puts it, “a coffee date isn’t a big commitment.” Unlike a meal, which can take on an awkward hour or so, a coffee date can end anytime you want it to.
Medford took over The Rusty Cup from longtime owner Kristy Cross last July, continuing the legacy of a staple Astoria establishment since 1999.
Also a baker, “the thing that I love best about Rusty Cup is that it’s been here a long time,” Medford said, adding that his passion is to teach people about food.
With plans to remodel, revamp and refurnish the shop, adding an oven for in-house baking, he wants to offer goods — especially desserts “like grandma used to make” — and make it a warm, inviting place.
Medford knows regular customers by name — and if not, by their face and regular beverage. He’s all about making relationships and making the shop a welcoming place.
For those looking for a great date, Medford suggests grabbing a cup of joe then walking and shopping downtown, taking a stroll along the Astoria Riverwalk or, in the summer, visiting the nearby Astoria Sunday Market. And, of course, there’s a cinema just down the road, not to mention Astoria’s many interesting museums.
And for those who really want that something special for that special someone this Valentine’s Day, how about a coffee and a delightful pastry at The Rusty Cup prior to the show at Astoria’s Liberty Theatre, just next door.