Bexley Coffee Shop opens with new owners

Nicholas Dekker, Columbus Alive contributor

This week the Bexley Coffee Shop is holding its soft opening under new ownership. Previous owners Sean and Paulette Sullivan, who began the shop at 492 N. Cassady Ave. seven years ago, announced a move to Charleston, South Carolina, and that new owners would take over the shop after Dec. 31.

New owners Nikki Ore and Maria Schlegel have made small changes, but for now are keeping the hours and offerings relatively the same for the sake of their regulars. While the Sullivans roasted their own beans (including Paulette's Ripple Coffee initiative, using only beans grown by women farmers), Ore and Schlegel have begun serving and selling Thunderkiss Coffee beans. The coffee menu features brewed coffee, pour-overs, espresso drinks, chai and hot chocolate.

They've also begun serving house-made baked goods (alongside Sammy's Bagels, which are produced down the street). Their menu includes pastries like muffins, coffee cake and scones. Ore, who has been baking for years, calls herself a "glorified home chef," and is putting her long-past restaurant experience to work again.

The two women were regulars at the shop who had an interest in opening a neighborhood bakery of their own. When they learned the Sullivans were attempting to sell the shop, Ore and Schlegel instead arranged to take it over to keep it from closing. They've repainted the space and shifted some seating to open the space and brighten it up. They hope to add more specialty items and perhaps soups, sandwiches and brunch in the future.