White Sulphur Springs has it all. America’s resort, scenic mountain landscapes, an underground casino, craft beer, barbeque, a public pool, pizzerias, parks, public tennis courts, local retailers, hemp farmers, a sports performance center, outdoor dining, antiquing, an international market, a cartoon map (pick us up or subscribe!), a wine shop, bars, a toy store, a bike shop, picturesque golf courses, and a hardware store.
But over the last few years, as craft brew has grown to dominate the local food and drink headlines, a new market has opened up: specialty coffee. As the beer taps flowed, the coffee slowly followed. And today, you’ll be hard-pressed to not discover Tootsie’s Place, a coffee shop and bakery. Since opening on January 12, 2021, this shop is slinging hot and cold brews five days a week on the main street downtown. BONUS: You can conveniently place your order online at tootsiesplacewv.com. The estimated prep time is just 10 minutes!
There is everything you would expect from a coffee house…
“Love this addition to our cool little town! Amazing treats with quick & super friendly service! P.S. The carrot cupcakes are everything!” – Telia Godfrey
Owned and operated by Kennedy Brooks, Tootsie’s is conveniently located across from 50 East Casual Dining and Spirits. There is everything you would expect from a coffee house including locally roasted coffee beans, which come from Lexington Coffee Roasters making for tasty lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos, Americanos, cold brews, There’s also teas, blended beverages that come in caramel, java chip, chocolate peanut butter, and white chocolate mocha. Your milk options are whole, oat, coconut, almond, soy, skim, half/half, heavy cream, and sweet cream.
You can also quench your thirst in the summer heat with a freshly squeezed lemonade or signature Italian soda. This is a soft drink made from sparkling water, cream, and flavored syrups. Italian Soda flavors: Ocean Breeze (lemon, lime, coconut, and blue curacao); Creamsicle (orange and vanilla with cream and whipped cream); Piña Colada (pineapple and coconut with cream and whipped cream; and Tutti Fruitti (strawberry, raspberry, lemon, pineapple and whipped cream).
“First visit and really enjoyed the oatmeal raisin cookies!! Took donuts home and were delicious. Definitely worth the drive from Roanoke on a day trip” – Deborah Ginger
Every day the ovens are filled with sheets of muffins, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and cinnamon rolls to create the day’s supply of scratch-made pastries.
Every day the ovens are filled with sheets of muffins, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and cinnamon rolls to create the day’s supply of scratch-made pastries. But Kennedy doesn’t stop there as she also offers Cream Pie by the slice or whole and cakes can be prepared in a variety of 24 flavors, 23 icings, and 12 different fillings including apple, cookie dough, peach, raspberry, blackberry, and chocolate to name a few.
Kennedy tells us that since opening, there has been an overwhelming amount of support from the community and visitors. “All the locals talk about how nice it is to see businesses coming back on the main street and thriving.” Kennedy is originally from White Sulphur Springs and is a 2017 Johnson & Wales graduate with a BA in Baking & Pastry/Food Service Management, with a concentration in Beverage. She spent her summer and holiday breaks working in the Omni Homestead pastry kitchen and says she had amazing mentors. Before opening Tootsies, Kennedy managed small bakery in Blacksburg followed by a job at The Market on Courthouse Square in Hinton.
Stop in Tootsies next time you visit the spa city.
Stop in Tootsies next time you visit the spa city. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 7a-4p. On Third Thursday, June 17th, they will be open until 7p. They are located at 728 E. Main Street. For more information, call 304-956-2133 and follow them for daily specials @tootsiesplacewv on instagram and facebook.
– HashtagWV City Paper. #132. June 2021.
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