Lumber Jack's offers coffee to go
HOOSICK, N.Y. — A lone drive-thru around a small steel building with wooden shingles stands out amongst rolling green fields and farm houses on Route 7.
About a mile west of the Vermont state line, it's where you can get coffee, frappes, apple cider doughnuts and even a pint of maple syrup without leaving the driver's seat.
Lumber Jack's Coffee and Snacks, run by husband and wife Duane and Vallis Goodermote, opened in early January.
The Petersburgh, N.Y. residents say they want to cater to both locals and people visiting the area.
"Even before we opened, people were telling us how excited they were," Vallis Goodermote said at the business on Saturday.
They've always wanted to be business owners and saw their chance when a former coffee shop went up for sale: The Coffee Connection, which West Hoosick resident Michael Green opened in 2006, closed last fall.
"We've always loved it because it's so cute and unique," Vallis said. "We just loved this idea of having a little drive-thru coffee shop in the middle of nowhere."
Their business has five employees. The Goodermotes themselves have full-time jobs: Vallis, a Petersburgh native, works in sales and has a background in food service, and Duane, who was raised in Berlin, N.Y., is an engineer. He joked that he handles the "quality control" side of the business and frequently fine tunes the machines.
The space is small — the 200-square-foot building can accommodate a handful of employees and seating is outside. But the Goodermotes said they have steady drive-thru traffic throughout the day.
"We want to keep prices low to draw in locals as well as tourists," Duane said. The cost of a medium hot drip coffee, at under $2, matches that of nearby chain coffee shops, he said.
The shop's signature drinks are flavored with maple syrup from Breezey Hill Farm in Hoosick, the most popular being the Lumber Jack's Latte. Another is the Chopper's Choice, which is coffee with steamed milk and syrup. A Clear Cut Coffee, which has a double shot of espresso and maple syrup, offers a special caffeinated kick.
Frappes, smoothies and hot apple cider are also offered. Apple cider doughnuts have been hugely popular, the Goodermotes said. The doughnuts, as well as the muffins and bagels, are made locally.
This spring, the Goodermotes hope to have soft serve ice cream — the flavors will likely be vanilla, coffee and a "twist" — as well as new picnic tables.
They said they're building a dedicated customer base and have steady traffic from people commuting between Bennington and Albany, N.Y.
They also see many tourists heading to ski areas, a second home or parts elsewhere.
"People from New York and New Jersey all think it's so cool," Vallis said. "It's unique, it's different."
Lumber Jack's Coffee and Snacks is at 5103 State Route 7, Hoosick. It's open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Contact Edward Damon at 413-770-6979
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