When a new generation took over a landmark Mount Dora store, things began to change. The downtown store slowly took on a younger and more artsy vibe.
In early December more change is coming to Every Nook & Cranny art collective. The expansive and eclectic shop, full of local artists’ creations, plans to open Cafe 334 to serve locally roasted coffees and fresh tea blends. Eventually, the cafe will dish out light vegan fare to fill that void in the downtown area.
After 25 years, Kaitlyn Zill’s grandparents turned over the store’s reins to her in 2014. Since then she has put the emphasis back on featuring locally handmade goods ranging from paintings and jewelry to pottery and furniture and more.
Cafe 334 will feature coffee roasted by Tavares’ Wild Bear Coffee, and will offer specialty hot and iced coffee and tea drinks. Patrons can also purchase a canister of their favorite blended tea to enjoy at home and return the canister for a discounted refill of any tea. To accompany the beverages, the cafe will also sell donuts and baked goods from Market on South in Orlando.
Zill, a Eustis High School graduate, spent much of her life on the West Coast of the U.S. Now a local resident again, she enjoys daily visits at the store from her grandfather, Wayne Pritt. Pritt formerly managed the Mount Dora Craft Fair and ran the store with his wife, Barbara, who passed away in 2014. The couple was well-known for their years of volunteering with Mount Dora Merchants Association until it disbanded in approximately 2009.
Now as part of a new generation of downtown retailers, Zill hopes to provide an eclectic and relaxing destination for the area's artists and younger demographic. The cafe is located at 334 N. Donnelly Street in downtown Mount Dora inside Every Nook + Cranny.