By Mayara Sanches
Grand Ledge Gazette Reporter
GRAND LEDGE – Owner of Sweet Linda’s Café, Linda Bowser, sold her coffee shop in downtown Grand Ledge, Mich. after almost nine years of ownership.
In June 2006, Bowser opened the shop, where many residents have since become regulars. The shop offers breakfast foods, sandwiches, soups and salads, and its specialties are coffee drinks.
“I sold (the café),” Bowser said commenting briefly on her shop. “It’s a bittersweet thing for me right now.”
Her son, Corey Coleman — who co-owns the shop with her — said they were talking about selling for about a year, but he was not aware it would happen so soon.
“We’re not doing anything to celebrate the nine years, we might do something if we’re still here for the 10-year,” Coleman said.
The small business planned to keep going until they found a buyer for the place, he said. They usually keep busy with local customers who crowd the café.
“My mom wants to get out of it and change the path — wants to try something new,” Coleman said. “And I want to move on and go back to college.”
Sweet Linda’s Café has been the only coffee shop that stuck around and that has been very successful, said Kalmin Smith, mayor of Grand Ledge and one of its frequent customers.
“Sweet Linda’s is very special, and it kind of has a unique atmosphere, and how they make everything,” he said.
The business attracts many citizens from the area and people who stumble upon the city on their way to another place. Smith said he even uses it as his “office outside of the office.”
“It’s where I meet people for work,” he said. “I think Linda’s been great to the community, and I’m disappointed it’s closing, but running a small business requires very hard work and people burn out.”
Many of the coffee shop’s clientele have been coming to enjoy their dishes since it opened. One of those clients is Grand Ledge resident Carolyn Bernardi, who said she always orders its coffee.
“They opened about a month before we moved in.” she said. “Their soup is fabulous. And the scones too. You get to know stuff as you’ve been here. It’s like ‘Cheers’, and when I come in, everybody knows my name.”
Bernardi said she plans on continuing to come to Sweet Linda’s Café as long as it is still around.
“Because Linda’s my BFF,” she said, laughing.
Hopes for the future
Although most clients are sad that Bower is selling — it is a very cherished place in the city — Smith said he hopes whoever buys it will consider keeping the business as is.
“I hope they sell it to someone who’ll continue it, he said. “Someone who will continue the tradition.”
Contact reporter Mayara Sanches (248) 464-2993 or firstname.lastname@example.org