Newly renovated Mary Low Coffeehouse becomes student life hub

With fall comes radiant foliage, a crisp chill to the air, and, of course pumpkin spice everything.

This semester, there is no need to drive downtown to enjoy a hot pumpkin beverage in a cozy café setting: the newly renovated Mary Low Coffeehouse is an inviting spot to hit the books and have a delicious treat. The space not only has entirely new furniture, paint, and flooring, but a team of administration and student workers who have created events and initiatives throughout this semester.

Mia Hamilton ’19, is the Mary Low Coffeehouse student manager and one of the minds behind the exciting new initiatives. Hamilton said, “We recently started offering monthly specials with recipes made up by our team. This month we are selling pumpkin chai and caramel apple cider.” What about next month? Hamilton commented that plans aren’t finalized, but a maple syrup flavored latte is currently in the works.

The Mary Low Coffeehouse also plans to roll out a program similar to the “Take Your Professor to Lunch” model that allows students to take teachers to a dining hall free of charge. This “Take Your Professor to Coffee” program would allow both the student and the professor to get a free drink and get to know each other better.

Hamilton noted that events will not be limited to the weekday hours. She said, “We are starting to work with Campus Life to have more events on Saturday nights where students can come hang out, grab a free drink, and listen to some live music.” Last weekend, there was a Halloween event in the Coffeehouse with free chai, cold brew, and butterbeer along with cannolis from Holy Cannoli. Looking ahead, Hamilton mentioned that the annual barista throwdown will take place on Saturday, Nov. 18. Student employees will compete in a latte art competition voted on by their peers.

Barista Maggie Burgos ’18 talks with students studying in the renovated coffee house.

Hamilton is excited about all of these new initiatives and events. She acknowledged that, while they might not be able to accomplish all of these ideas, the Coffeehouse has the potential to bring together the community and offer increased programs to encourage utilization of the space. The Coffeehouse has currently employed 11 students to work as baristas during the week.

Barista Johanna Lawton, ’19, said, “Working at the Coffeehouse is honestly super fun. With the new renovations we have a lot more regulars and new people showing up everyday that give the space a much stronger sense of community.” Her co-worker, Cam Brooks-Miller ’19, agreed that it’s a great place to work. She added, “I encourage more folks to come in and utilize the space. It’s a great spot to write papers.”

Some students have already taken advantage of the study spot. Kylie Walters ’19, says, “I love the relaxing vibes and new design of the Coffeehouse, which make it always a pleasure to visit for conversation or studying over the best coffee on campus.”

Is your club interested in hosting a coffee hour event for members to mingle and socialize? The Marylow Coffeehouse would love to cater this and help make it happen!.Anyone who is interested in having a coffee hour should e-mail Mia Hamilton at mchamilt@colby.edu.

In the meantime, head on down to Marylow and see the cozy, renovated space for yourself. And if you’re unsure about what to order, take Brooks-Miller’s advice: “I have to put in a shameless plug for the iced miel. It’s a fire drink.”