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Our Café

Our café ... is located in a designated landmark building in the historic downtown district of Salem, Ohio. Built in 1858 by the Greiner family, it was originally a private bank.  In the 1920s it became the city’s newsstand and tobacconist. Zinc-lined humidors were added along one wall.  Any morning, one could find men gathered at the counter discussing the day’s events, the room thick with smoke. Through the years, each new owner added their name above the door, but essentially left the mix of news and tobacco.  Fisher’s, Ferrier’s, Fenske’s, F.E.’s,…Friends Roastery. We remain the city’s newsstand and still carry a small selection of cigars and tobacco.  However, the tobacco smoke has been replaced by the smell of roasting coffee and the scent of baked goods wafting from the small bakeshop behind the old bank teller window. Local art adds dramatic splashes of color, comfortable leather chairs and vintage wicker mix with old movie seats to create a space that is less commercial and more like a living room. Friends Roastery is a gathering spot for our community, a place where everyone knows your name and PRIDE & QUALITY are no longer a thing of the past.

 
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