OK, so I went to Verna’s for a cup of coffee this week. I have been there for coffee many, many times over the years, and occasionally also get a donut . They have a sign out on the sidewalk “Verna’s – Still here”. I took that as a good omen. From there it didn’t get any better. There was clearly some renovation going on with a hand printed poster introducing a new expanded line of pastries. I think the line of pastries were predicted when the new ownership was announced. No problem, maybe a good thing. What struck me first was that there was no sign of those wonderful, cheerful ladies that I used to see every time I went in. The two young people behind the counter were polite and patiently informed me that they no longer serve iced coffee or flavored coffee. I know they never served flavored iced coffee, but I can remember people getting a little flavored coffee in their iced coffee to add a little interest. So I got hot coffee. No big deal. Ordered a chocolate frosted donut. Walked out.
My question is: Does anyone out there know if those wonderful ladies still work there? These two young people seemed to be about high school age. I have no information to make me think so, but if the new owner is a high school culinary arts instructor, I am wondering if these kids are fulfilling an internship by working there. And that would be great if they are learning the art of keeping your customers happy from the Verna’s ladies who were IMHO most of the charm of the place and arguably much of the reason there was such interest in keeping Verna's open. If anyone has seen the old staff there, please post. The coffee was good, consistent with Verna’s long-term standards. The donut was OK, ate about half of it. Maybe next time I’ll go to Linda’s.