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The Dansville Online
  • Some things you just can’t rush

  • Jennifer Tomaschow has been making headway on refurbishing her three adjacent buildings – 173, 175 and 177 Main Street – which she bought four years ago.

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  • Jennifer Tomaschow has been making headway on refurbishing her three adjacent buildings – 173, 175 and 177 Main Street – which she bought four years ago.
    “We picked up The Coffee Cup and our current house at auction,” Tomaschow said. She and her family were living in Washington, D.C., area at the time.
    Jennifer graduated from Troupsburg High School and most of her family still lives in the area. When visiting her sister in Dansville in 2008, she decided to bid on the house and Coffee Cup building at auction.
    “I said you know, if I get this at auction, I’m just going to move here.”
    That’s exactly what happened. The Sugar Bowl and adjacent building were bought about three months later.
    After moving here, Jennifer was able to telecommute her work in the field of federal accounting while her husband, Alfred, commuted to D.C. and back on the weekends for three years.
    The opening of Coffee Cup, Sugar Bowl and another restaurant yet to be named has been delayed due to an enormous amount of work required to shore up the buildings, plus remodeling second-story apartments became a priority per New York State grant requirements.
    Tomaschow, with the help of her husband and her brother Tim Bradley, have each been spending at least 40 hours every week working on refurbishing the buildings. That’s on top of Alfred’s full time job in Rochester. Jennifer has also been working on other aspects of the business as well.
    “I am gutting it. So it obviously isn’t going to look like it did,” she said of Coffee Cup. “But I want it to feel like it did, from what everybody is telling me.”
    Tomaschow wants The Coffee Cup to offer comfort foods, while The Sugar Bowl to be a coffee and dessert kind of place. The third building will be more of a quiet hangout space with other sorts of foods available.
    While there are already other Main Street businesses similar in nature, Tomaschow said she wants to focus her offerings on what the town needs, rather than repeating what it already has.
    In 2009, the Tomaschows put a new roof on the buildings; and did very little work in 2010. In the summer of 2011, they repaired the Coffee Cup sign and began working on the facade of the Coffee Cup and Sugar Bowl.
    Tomaschow has been making an effort to make the back entrances as appealing as well. The Tomaschows intend to have an outdoor patio on the back of 177 Main.
    “The majority of the construction is done,”?she said, adding that the buildings wouldn’t have lasted much longer if they hadn’t put the work into it.
    Page 2 of 2 - Regarding the effort so far, Tomaschow said, “We took out a hundred tons of debris out of the buildings. We’ve had major support beams we had to redo, just a lot of work.”
    Tomaschow has been trying to keep to the original architecture as much as possible, including its tin ceilings. She has found matching replacement pieces to the ceilings online.
    “Everything’s been ten times more work and longer than I anticipated.”
    Keeping the original flooring for The Sugar Bowl has been timely as well.
    “We picked up every piece of flooring, scraped it off and put them back on again.”
    As to some modifications not to the original building, Tomaschow is making a unified kitchen for the three buildings and is making the bathrooms handicap accessible.
    There are two apartments above Coffee Cup, and two above Sugar Bowl. Above the unnamed restaurant will be dining rooms for customer reservations.
    Aside from the Tomaschows and Bradley, all labor and materials have been acquired locally.
    Tomaschow isn’t certain how soon the businesses will open due to the workload still ahead, but is hopeful The Sugar Bowl can open within weeks.
    “I’m not worried about opening because I want to do it right.”
    Tomaschow said she appreciates everyone’s support during this process and, “I love all the new businesses opening in town.”
    The Coffee Cup sign, refurbished by Dansville-based Custom Craft Signs and Neon, will be lit at 5 p.m. on Dec. 1, for Winter in the Village.
    Although the business isn’t ready to open, Tomaschow plans on keeping the sign lit from then on.
     
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