A Little Treat for Mt. Airy's Night Market
Little Jimmie's Bakery and Cafe will be one of the businesses selling locally-made items at Mt. Airy's Night Market on August 16.
With the return of this year's night market on August 16 will come plenty of new treats -- including a stage with entertainment supplied by 88.5 WXPN a small amount of crafters and new vendors.
One of those additional vendors will be Little Jimmie's Bakery and Cafe, which opened in December.
Co-owners Laura Little and Jimmie Reed, who is a Mt. Airy resident, set up shop at 6669 Germantown Avenue after several months of planning to open a cafe all their own.
The two met while working at Chipotle and began catering together. But they were left craving more.
"If you don’t have the space, you won’t get the foot traffic," said Little. "We saw the lease [for this building] one day and we called the number. Once we saw the inside of it, we had to have it."
Little said the building -- which is painted white and has a front door that opens in halves -- was built in 1740 and "is one of the oldest, single freestanding schoolhouses in Pennsylvania."
But before they had their dream cafe, Little and Reed attended the Mt. Airy Night Market in 2011 -- and decided then and there that they'd be vendors at the next one.
Reed said that as he and Little were standing in lines last year, they formulated plans on how they'd handle such crowds so their line would go faster.
But Reed said, it's not just about being a vendor -- it's about being a part of the neighborhood.
"We like to be involved in community events," he said. "It's my goal to go to any festival in Mt. Airy."
Reed said he and Little both work in the cafe every day and know the names of most of their customers, who tend to be mostly regulars.
Among the treats they'll bring to the Night Market?
Brownies, cookies, Italian chicken sandwiches, vegetarian sandwiches and various cupcakes -- including Reed's sweet potato cupcake, which he describes as their specialty.