• VENTNOR – The Planning Board will need more time to decide what type of commercial uses and ancillary uses, including live music, are allowed in the Dorset Avenue Commercial Zone.

    At a lengthy board meeting April 10 about zoning concerns in the city, planners heard complaints from area residents about the noise coming from Ventnor Coffee, which recently held daylong band competitions. Officials said Ventnor Coffee will need a use variance to continue to provide live music at the shop.

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners took no action following a lengthy executive session on Thursday, April 10.

    Mayor Michael Bagnell and city attorney Amy R. Weintraub were excused from the meeting, which was called to hear a report from an independent attorney who investigated the city’s involvement in a Latin music festival that was cancelled at the 11th hour at the end of last summer.

    “Amy and I recused ourselves from the discussion because it involves us,” Bagnell said as he left the auditorium at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex where public meetings are being held while the municipal building undergoes extensive HVAC renovations.

  • LONGPORT – Following a 30-minute executive session Tuesday, April 8, the Board of Commissioners agreed to revise commissioner appointments and duties.

    Mayor Nicholas Russo gave a brief statement following three unanimous votes to approve the new assignments and realigned duties.

  • Cookie Till plants primroses in the flower garden. PLEASANTVILLE – More than 15 volunteers showed up Friday, April 11 to ensure several local residents eat well, get fresh air and socialize with neighbors.

    Volunteers from Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May counties and representatives of Growing Green AtlantiCare, built raised garden beds and helped JFS consumers plant early spring vegetables they can harvest by June.

    The JFS garden program is in its second three-year cycle, which includes building the gardens, planting, growing, weeding and harvesting over a three-year period.

    The first garden project was completed in Hammonton, but this project was completed at a house owned by the Pleasantville Housing Authority and occupied by three tenants who need the ongoing assistance that JFS offers.

  • WASHINGTON – A group of New Jersey members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Shaun Donovan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Michael Boots, acting chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality requesting that they attend a New Jersey congressional delegation meeting to hear out questions and concerns about why the process for helping homeowners recovering from Hurricane Sandy is taking so long.

    The lawmakers want to discuss what can be done to assist 4,000 homeowners who still are not in their homes nearly a year and half after the October 2012 storm, and what might be done to properly modify any other procedures that may be delaying reconstruction.

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners is considering naming the city an area in need of rehabilitation, which would provide homeowners with tax incentives to improve their homes.

    “This is a way to stimulate growth in the city,” Mayor Michael Bagnell said.

  • MAYS LANDING – A Ventnor woman was indicted Tuesday, April 8 on a charge of murdering her husband, whose remains were found in her closet after a six-year missing person investigation, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said.

    Loretta Doyle Burroughs, 62, was indicted for murder and hindering her own apprehension in connection with stabbing death of her husband, Daniel Burroughs, 66, when both lived on Leipzig Avenue in Hamilton Township.

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners has scheduled a special executive session after its 4 p.m. workshop meeting Thursday, April 10 to review a report by an independent investigator regarding a two-day Latin festival that never happened.

    Frank L. Corrado of Barry Corrado & Grassi, PC of Wildwood was hired to investigate the cancellation of Sandstock, a two-day music festival that was to be held at a vacant lot on Wellington Avenue Sept. 21-22, 2013. He was to be paid $135 an hour and recently submitted a bill for $13,783.50, according to city attorney Amy R. Weintraub.

Ventnor Coffee is created by, and for locals

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Ventnor coffee owners and family members Laura Pagano, her mother Christine Pagano, and her husband Michael Einwechter of Margate. Ventnor coffee owners and family members Laura Pagano, her mother Christine Pagano, and her husband Michael Einwechter of Margate.

VENTNOR – There’s a buzz on Dorset Avenue created by the smell of brewed coffee and the sound live music.

Ventnor Coffee owners Michael Einwechter and Christine Pagano said creating a place where people gather over good coffee and culture was a dream that became a reality.

“We have always dreamed of owning a coffee shop and having it in a garage-style location. Christine has always wanted to own a coffee joint of her own. She wanted a place where everyone come hang out and have some coffee, a place to relax and read a book or listen to live music,” Michael Einwechter said. “I've always wanted a coffee shop that would bring culture to our small town. A little shop that offered a one-on-one spot where musicians could explain their songs in a forum style.”

As the third-generation owner and operator of Schallus and Sons Construction, the Margate resident who grew up in Ventnor put his skills to use converting the former auto glass repair shop into a coffee house that looks like a living room inside and incorporates an outdoor patio.

He still works as a contractor when he is not brewing coffee or serving as president of the Ventnor Tourism Association. His wife Christine worked as a secretary for Prudential Fox and Roach before opening the coffee shop and enjoys spending time with their grandchildren. The couple held a grand opening celebration at Ventnor Coffee Sunday, Aug. 4.

“Ventnor Coffee is catered to our locals; a place where everyone can just come and chill. Our coffee is inexpensive and very good,” Einwechter said.

A small coffee is $1.50, $1.75 for medium and $2 for large.

Ventnor Coffee offers a variety coffee supplied by Bucks County Coffee including an organic light roast breakfast blend, a Colombian medium roast, a Costa Rican dark roast and Colombian decaf. There is also iced coffee brewed fresh every morning and iced tea, espresso, Americanos, cappuccinos, lattes and other coffee drinks.

Einwechter said Bucks County Coffee roasts the beans fresh for Ventnor Coffee and the owners inspect each delivery for packaged dates. He said the coffee is roasted, packed and sent to the store within a week.

“We have two specialty coffees that have been a huge hit: our Ventnor-chino, which is a mocha with coffee ice cream from Custard’s. We also do a banana bomber which is a blended espresso frappe with a whole banana,” Einwechter said.

In addition to coffee, there is plenty of pastries including cupcakes, danish, muffins, brownies, cookies and biscotti.

“Every day, we try to have something different,” Einwechter said. “We don't sell cooked items, but right next door is Annette's. You can come get coffee from us and go to Annette's for some breakfast, and in the afternoon you can go right across the street and get some fantastic pizza at Viggo's. If you want coffee and the kids want ice cream, you can get that at Custard’s directly across the street,” Einwechter said.

Pagano said her favorite item on the menu is the red velvet cupcakes, and Einwechter likes the Ventnor-chino.

In addition to java, Ventnor Coffee has a large lending library where the owners allow customers to exchange books and high speed Wi-Fi.

“We've been told the we’re the fastest of all coffee houses around,” Einwechter said.

Ventnor Coffee also has a local rewards card that is punched for each drink purchased and the 11th order is free.

The walls of the shop are adorned with local art, which is all for sale and rotates five to six different featured artists each month, Einwechter said.

“We also have some of our own personal sculptures including an 8-foot Fender guitar, custom furniture built from pallets, and a unique sculptured Ventnor coffee sign cut and finished from some old wood,” Einwechter said. “We are also waiting on a 6-foot statue from an artist that will be placed outside of the coffee shop.”

Local musicians are frequently a part of the atmosphere at Ventnor Coffee. Solo artists, jazz and rock bands have all performed there and it was host to a Coffee and Canvas art and music show Sunday, Sept. 1.

Local jazz band YGB plays 7:30 p.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Wednesday is open mic night.

Einwechter actively updates the Ventnor Coffee Facebook page and the shop can be reached at (609) 992-3046 and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . See ventnorcoffee.com.

Ventnor Coffee is open 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 

Owner Michael Einwechter of Margate steams milk for a latte. Owner Michael Einwechter of Margate steams milk for a latte.   An 8-foot-tall custom-built Fender Stratocaster sculpture adorns a wall at Ventnor Coffee. An 8-foot-tall custom-built Fender Stratocaster sculpture adorns a wall at Ventnor Coffee.


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