When I was in elementary school, I started spending a lot of time - accompanied by my dad, of course - in a little coffee shop in Connellsville called Coffee on Crawford. Along with my brother, we were regulars. My brother and I probably drank hot chocolate. I do remember ice cream and cookies. Coffee on Crawford was mellow and quiet, with interesting art, couches, and a pool table. I loved it, and if it would've survived until I discovered the beauty of black tea I'd still be there all the time. But it went out of business. I always say it was ahead of its time.
At some point after that, there was a coffee shop in Scottdale. But Scottdale, as its residents always love to remind us, is in Westmoreland County, so it doesn't count. But it did have the same fate as Coffee on Crawford.
Dawson, however, is all ours and does count. Dawson gave us Cafe Noswad, which still has merchandise online despite the fact that they too went out of business.
Some coffee shops used to lurk in Uniontown. One on Main Street was great, then went out of business. I think a new one moved in. A cafe with wireless internet seems to be doing well, as well as a tea room somewhere in town. The problem with cafes and tea rooms here is that often, despite being called cafes and tea rooms, they are neither. I once went into a Connellsville cafe with high hopes of getting a hot caffeinated drink but the place was really a diner. And went out of business. It's a Mexican restaurant now.
While independently owned businesses struggle, chains do just fine. We love chains. Uniontown's Panera Bread has been around for a few years and is still going strong, as far as I can tell, and I've mentioned that we do have a Starbucks inside our Target. I've witnessed disasters there.
I envy you, Westmoreland County, with your multiple Starbucks locations and your fancy drive-thrus and your places like DV8.