After January Fire, Local Owner Ready to
(12/3/2004) After nearly a year of the once active
Ragged Edge Coffeehouse sitting quiet, Jake Schindel, General Manager, is
opening the doors December 3 to start business again. Ragged Edge, located at
110 Chambersburg Street in Gettysburg, opened their doors at 6 AM this morning.
While Ragged Edge was closed, Jake and his father,
Philip Schindel, reopened Jasperís Juice Works last spring with business
partner Robert Casko. Jaspers, located at 51 Chambersburg Street, closed their
doors for the season in October. The offerings once found at Jasperís will
migrate down the street to the Ragged Edge. The combined offering will include
juices, smoothies, coffee, espresso, sandwiches, soups and salads. All of the
coffees will be fair-trade and organic varieties.
The January fire left 11 families homeless and
destroyed an Adams Rescue Mission three-family shelter. The Ragged Edgeís
damage included 3 feet of water in the basement, water damage to the rest of
the building and 4 inches of ice buckled sidewalks. Jake and his father decided
to make the best of things, and took advantage of the misfortune to strip the
coffeehouse to the core in March and rebuild.
The new interior includes a new layout, new lighting,
floors, and bright paint schemes. A new heating system has replaced the
radiators, allowing for interior redesign to rooms. A new second-floor stage
will be constructed for live performances that had become part of the draw for
the Ragged Edge. A new sound system will also be added, carrying music
throughout the entire coffeehouse. Another staple at Ragged Edge was the
wonderful array of local art that decorated the walls, enticing patrons to take
one home. That art will reappear slowly as the reconstruction continues.
While construction continues, closing hours will vary.
The shop plans to be open Monday through Saturday at 6 AM. Sunday hours will be
8 AM to 9 PM. For more information, please contact Jake Schindel at Ragged Edge