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Martinsburg to Gain Coffee Shop Housed in Old Church


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Sunshine Sassano shows off her new coffee bar and lounge, housed in an old Methodist church. Sassano is currently in the construction phase of renovations, and she hopes to open the shop by the end of August.

Sunshine Sassano likes to restore things. After years of flipping houses, Sassano is flipping something a little bigger into something a little different.

Sassano is turning the old Methodist Episcopal Church on 202 South Market St. into a coffee bar and lounge.

In light of the period after the COVID-19 pandemic, Restored Grounds is intended to provide people with face-to-face contact and human interaction. Their slogan, "Bringing people back together one sip at a time," reflects Sassano's intended goal.

Sassano views a church as restoring souls through personal contact. She hopes that Res...

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