Randy’s Main Street Coffee
By Maddie MacGregor
Part of living in Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley, is the opportunity to share unique and wonderful destinations with visiting family and friends. Recently, my sister flew to Oregon from her home in California. One of her requests has become a refrain— “Let’s take a drive somewhere I’ve never been before.” This time, I knew a trip to Historic Brownsville was on the schedule.
Although we only had a Monday to take the trip (many of the shops downtown are closed on Mondays) I was sure she would still enjoy the ambience of this delightful town. Sure enough, Randy’s Main Street Coffee was just what the trip-doctor ordered. As we pulled into the cafe’s gravel parking lot, we both grinned. In front of Randy’s there was an old wood stove, whimsically festooned with colorful flowers and an antique coffee pot. As we climbed up the wooden stairs to the front door, the fragrance of freshly baked cinnamon rolls filled the air.
In the coffee shop’s adjoining back room, checkerboard black and white tiles led to a table to where a couple enjoyed their coffee and food. The cafe is decorated in an eclectic assortment of antiques, community flyers, small bouquets of fresh flowers, punctuated by the smell of espresso the sound of steaming froth, and the rattling of pans amid the conversations.
Randy’s was alive with discourse—some shouted back and forth. “How much is a loaf of bread?” “Where are the bags for the biscuits?” “Where’s the large cups?” The two ladies behind the counter scurried back and forth, filling orders as fast as they could. As my loaf of impossibly high warm bread was bagged, I was told that I was lucky to get one. Later that evening, I felt fortunate indeed, when I served the moist cake-like slices at our dinner table to rave reviews.
If you go
Randy’s is located in Historic Brownsville Oregon, at 240 N Main St, 97327, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and closed on Sunday.
A few of the shots we grabbed of Randy’s.