Coffeehouse plans to offer food and music in second-floor cafe


January 13, 1998|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SYKESVILLE'S MAIN Street has undergone a gradual transformation over the past decade or so from a sleepy small-town street to a bustling place of revitalized businesses, antiques shops and eateries.

Now Main Street will be home to a coffeehouse.

Alley Cats' Cafe will soon occupy the second floor of the Warfield Building, and entrepreneur Kim Lopes has big plans for food and entertainment in the 1,200-square-foot space.

Lopes plans to offer 40 kinds of coffee along with pastries during the morning and sandwiches and other light fare at lunch and in the evening. The cafe will have table seating for 30 and counter space for about eight.

Friday and Saturday evenings will feature music. Lopes is starting with a jazz-type theme, but is open to all types of musicians.

But music, coffee and food aren't all Lopes envisions for Alley Cats' Cafe. She hopes to welcome local groups looking for a casual place to meet regularly.

"I'm looking to be a home for bridge groups, women's groups or book clubs. It's going to change faces from day to night and from day to day," said Lopes.

The cafe also will have chess tables, antique books and lots of reading material for those who want to enjoy some coffee and simply hang out for a while.

"I'm trying something new here, so I'll just have to see how it evolves," said Lopes. "I may even eventually try to bring in some comedians or poets every once in a while."

Lopes, who comes from Seattle, was drawn to Sykesville's Main Street by the town's look and personality. She feels the town is on the upswing.

She will have plenty of help with her enterprise from husband John and children, Sam, 16, and Sarah, 14. The family lives in Catonsville.

Look for the grand opening early next month.

King celebration

An interfaith celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church in Eldersburg.

This is the sixth year for the event, which remembers King through a potluck supper, fellowship and discussions on race relations. A panel discussion will follow dinner.

Those attending are asked to bring a main dish to share and their own plates and silverware. Drinks and desserts will be provided by Holy Spirit Church.

The church is at 2205 Old Liberty Road.

Information: 410-795-6333.

Doctorate received

Former Eldersburg resident William J. Sullivan Jr. recently received his doctorate in cell and molecular biology from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Sullivan's dissertation involved examining drug resistance mechanisms in an opportunistic pathogen associated with AIDS.

Sullivan received a master's degree in immunology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and a bachelor's degree from Frostburg State University in 1992.

Sullivan received several awards for scholastic achievement, including the Student Leader of the Year Award in 1991 and the Outstanding Senior Service Award in 1992.

Sullivan is a 1988 graduate of South Carroll High School and is the son of Bill and Joan Sullivan of Eldersburg.

Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 1/13/98

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