Friday, February 22, 2013
This Random Act of Kindness #13 was found on a car windshield in Portsmouth on Thursday.
Have you received a Random Act of Kindness on your car windshield lately? I was surprised (and extremely moved) to find the above note, along with a $5 gift card, on my car windshield Thursday afternoon in the Custom House Coffee parking lot. The note was inside an envelope simply marked "Random Act of Kindness #13." Only the names "Nicole, Keith & Blake" were written on the card. As you can see above, the Random Acts of Kindness are being distributed throughout the country in honor of the 26 lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School. This act is specifically performed in honor of the late Chase Kowalski, age 6. I want to personally thank this person or persons for this random act. It absolutely put a smile on my face, brightened my …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Abbey students were spotted practicing their songs at a local coffee shop last week.
A few Portsmouth Abbey students were caught practicing music last week at Custom House Coffee. A video of the jam session can be seen above! This was not an official performance, but a practice session for the newly-formed group of musicians.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The council approved this liquor license despite several residents speaking out against serving Irish coffee and espresso martinis at this Portsmouth coffee shop.
Espresso martinis in Portsmouth? Not in my backyard, said several local residents. Despite several residents' objections, the Portsmouth Town Council approved Custom House Coffee's request for a liquor license on Monday night. The vote was 4-3 with Judi Staven, Liz Pedro and Paul Kesson in opposition. There will be some restrictions, however. The coffee shop must not provide alcohol outside on the patio and only serve drinks between the hours of noon and 9 p.m. Only two residents spoke in favor of Custom House Coffee's request for a liquor license during the public hearing even though hundreds of residents signed petitions in approval. "This is a very, very nice situation. I don't go there regularly, but I go there often," Kathleen …
Monday, September 24, 2012
A hearing to determine if a coffee shop can serve alcoholic beverages will be held for the second time tonight.
A Portsmouth coffee shop will seek permission again tonight to serve alcoholic coffee beverages. The owners of Custom House Coffee, which celebrated its 10th business anniversary earlier this year, want to serve alcohol at its Portsmouth shop. The store's owners are seeking to secure a liquor license for the King Charles Drive and West Main Road location. The coffee shop's owners will appear at a second hearing tonight before the Portsmouth Town Council. Serving as the Board of License Commissioners, the council will approve or deny Custom House's request for a liquor license. The council meeting is set to begin at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Despite the local license, if granted, the King's Grant Fellowship church across the street might …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
The Portsmouth Town Council decided to postpone its decision on allowing alcoholic beverages at a local coffee shop.
Despite gathering about 300 signatures of support from Portsmouth residents, the owners of Custom House Coffee were met by stark opposition Wednesday night when they appeared before the Portsmouth Town Council to seek a liquor license. The coffee shop's owners want to serve alcoholic coffee drinks, such as Irish Coffee and Espresso Martinis, at its Portsmouth shop located at the corner of King Charles Drive and West Main Road. The town council, after hearing from two local residents, decided to postpone any vote on the requested liquor license. The request will be heard again at a meeting on Sept. 24. "We think the town is doing its due diligence and we respect what the town is trying to do," said the shop's co-owner Mark Libby. The …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
A hearing to determine if a coffee shop can serve alcoholic beverages will be held tonight.
A Portsmouth coffee shop will learn tonight if the owners can add alcoholic coffee beverages to its menu. The owners of Custom House Coffee, which celebrated its 10th business anniversary earlier this year, want to serve alcohol at its Portsmouth shop. The store's owners are seeking to secure a liquor license for the King Charles Drive and West Main Road location. The coffee shop's owners will appear at a hearing tonight before the Portsmouth Town Council. Serving as the Board of License Commissioners, the council will approve or deny Custom House's request for a liquor license. The council meeting is set to begin at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Despite the local license, if granted, the King's Grant Fellowship church across the street might …
The report from Norway says the caffeine in coffee appears to alleviate physical discomforts.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
As if research hadn't already shown a number of benefits from your morning cup of Joe — help in weight loss, reducing the risk of Alzheimer's disease and certain cancers, to name a few — now comes a new study from Norway indicating coffee can also alleviate pain. The study by BMC Research focused on whether coffee could relieve the aches and pains of office workers who sit for long periods at their desks. It focused in particular on office tasks that "provoke pain in the neck and shoulders and forearms and wrists." It found that study subjects who drank coffee before performing office-setting tasks had less pain in those areas than study subjects who didn't drink coffee. "These results might have potentially interesting implications of a …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Custom House Coffee, with locations in Portsmouth and Middletown, and a soon-to-open shop in Fall River, MA, are seeking to serve alcohol at its Clock Tower Square location.
One Portsmouth coffee shop is seeking to add shots other than espresso to its menu. The owners of Custom House Coffee, which celebrated its 10th business anniversary last Friday, want to serve alcohol at its Portsmouth shop. The store's owners are seeking to secure a liquor license for the King Charles Drive and West Main Road location. However, the King's Grant Fellowship church across the street might prevent establishing a liquor license at this shop. State law prohibits any establishment to serve liquor within 200 feet of a church. In a mailing sent to customers this week, the owners say the interest in a liquor license is a reaction to the "poor economy." "Unfortunately, we have not been immune to the poor economy over the past …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Did your favorite business win this week?
The results are in and Custom House Coffee was chosen as the best place for a Mother's Day Brunch in Portsmouth! It was a close, three-way race all week with votes totaling 80. However, Custom House Coffee came in first after a surge in votes, gathering 36 percent support and 29 votes. Coming in a close second was Food Works Restaurant with 22 percent and 18 votes. Custom House Coffee seemed a likely winner in the poll, especially after this favorable review. Tell us what you think about Custom House Coffee on the Patch Places page. Check back Monday for this week's poll — best place for a staycation in Portsmouth.
Friday, April 6, 2012
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