Coffee’s Country Market hasn’t always been called Coffee’s. Back in the 1930’s, the Morgan family owned what was called “the corner store” In 1958 the Morgan family sold the store to Ken and Margaret Coffee and their 6 (soon to be 7) children. In the mid 60’s Ken Sr. named the plaza “Laysville Center”. It was later explained that the name Laysville came from an area on an old state map that this section of Old Lyme was named after.
Due to the many New York City and Boston travelers on the Boston Post Road, Laysville Center was a busy location to stop in for necessities. Several small businesses soon rented out in the Laysville Center including a laundromat, hardware, greenery and video rental store. This made the plaza a common place for locals to use. In fact, because of this, locals used to call Coffee’s “the club” due to the every day regulars.
1973, Ken Sr. Coffee passed away, leaving his son Ken (Mr. Coffee) to take over the family business. In the Fall of 2002, Mr. Coffee’s son Kenny closed down the building for a complete Coffee’s makeover. The renovations took over 9 months to complete and was reopened in May of 2003. When reopened, the new and improved Coffee’s revealed a larger deli section, and improved refrigerating unit, and many excited familiar faces.
Mr. Coffee, 1970’s
Now, Coffee’s is a market, deli, and catering business all in one, neighboring the hardware store that is owned by John Coffee, son of Ken Sr. Kenny took over the family business in 2002 and has successfully run the business ever since. Kenny and his wife Teresa Coffee work 6 and sometimes 7 days a week in the store and are as interactive as owners can be.
The Coffee Family, 2002
One of the first things I noticed personally when I started working at Coffee’s Country Market was how Kenny couldn’t walk to the other side of the store without saying hello to every customer. Everyone knows Kenny and Teresa, they’re the main reason why their customers keep coming back. Coffee’s Country Market is all about the family atmosphere. Aesthetically speaking, the market is as homey as you can get in New England.
It’s a great area with great people and great food. There really isn’t anything better than that.