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Post Cafe opens in former Sandwich post office

Saturday, July 23, 2016

 

Published by The Windsor Star | July 23, 2016

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The Post Café opened its doors Saturday to a large crowd after an extensive renovation that took over a year to complete.

Owner Luna Wang said the soft opening was a success that she hopes to build on in the coming months.

“We have no experience running a business like this,” Luna said of herself and partner Adan Wang. “But we’ve done a lot of research.”

The former University of Windsor student said the idea for the café came to her after she had searched for a similar spot when she was a student.

“I really wanted a place to sit down with friends, play table games, talk with friends, search the Internet,” she said. “We have so many Starbucks and Tim Hortons, and they’re great, but for us they’re a little bit far from the university.”

The former Sandwich post office now houses the café on its main floor. The contemporary décor contrasts nicely with the historic details of the 111-year-old building.

Sleek white tables and chairs are balanced by custom wood shelving and plenty of modern lighting.

The three-storey red brick and stone building with its mansard roof and gabled dormers sat vacant for three years before Wang began her $1-million renovation project. Wang plans on converting the second floor into a bed and breakfast and the third floor will become her living quarters.

She has also restarted the outdoor cast-iron fountain in the front courtyard.

But it was the lighting that drew Kailyn Keller in on Sunday.

Keller, a third-year University of Windsor student, said she was passing by when she spotted the café and decided to check it out.

“I’m like, ‘let’s go see what’s happening in here because I knew there was construction in here in the past couple of months’,” Keller said. “It looks really cool in here now.

“(I think) it’s going to be my favourite hot spot for studying.”

Wang said the café serves teas, coffee, fruit smoothies and bubble tea. Desserts will soon be added to the menu. Eventually the food service will be expanded.

But for now, Wang said she’s taking it slow so that she gets all the details right.