Sit down with a cup of coffee at Downhill Coffee, and you might feel a bit confused.

You won’t be home — but you sure might feel like you are.

Located under The Carley House at 3 Warren St., this new coffee shop prides itself not on offering the latest and greatest, but on the subtle details that might make you feel like you’re sitting in your own kitchen.

In one room, the children can go play in “the kid’s room,” where parents can feel comfortable about their kids bumping around without repercussions.

“People can feel that they can come in with kids and let them play, and not bother other people,” Wszalek said.

Meanwhile, in the main room customers can relax while chatting with owner Nancy Wszalek or Barb Grahn, who has been brewing Joe through several iterations of the coffee house.

Or maybe a group of friends need a place to sit and talk, or hold an informal meeting. Downhill Coffee offers this, too.

It’s all part of the charm of the business, where customers can pay a buck for a cup of coffee, and enjoy free refills while sitting in one of the bright, cheerful rooms.

Read the full story in the Aug. 26, 2010 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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