Phoenixville Coffee Shop Owners’ Idea for Second Food Service Business Percolates into Reality

Laura Vernola and Amanda Barros cooking in the kitchen
Image via Donna Rovins, Daily Local News.
Mont Clare Deli & Market owner Laura Vernola, right, with kitchen manager Amanda Barros.

Laura Vernola and her husband Ed Simpson have run Steel City Coffeehouse and Brewery in Phoenixille for the past six years Their most recent venture came alive midway through the pandemic in the village of Mont Clare, writes Donna Rovins for the Daily Local News.

The process of securing the site of the former Eagles Nest Deli and opening a second business was not easy. While the couple may have wanted to quit cold turkey along the way, funding from a nonprofit and business planning got them to the ribbon-cutting stage this past April.

Renamed Mont Clare Deli & Market, the menu offers sandwiches named after surrounding communities, as well as tray items such as sausages, lasagna, pulled pork, and sides. Some of the more recent changes include adding online ordering and a “drop and go” catering option.

“We are trying to source Pennsylvania products, as well as products from woman-owned and family-owned businesses,” said Vernola.

Vernola and Simpson said they have many plans in action to extend hours, outdoor seating, and the possibility of a farmers market.

Read more about Mont Clare Deli & Market in the Daily Local News.

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