A silver anniversary

You can count on one hand the number of Princeton eating establishments that have been open for more than 25 years, but the exclusive club is about to get a new member. Small World Coffee will celebrate its silver anniversary on Saturday, December 22. In an e-mail owner Jessica Durrie recalls the events that led her and partner Brant Cosaboom to open Small World’s first location, at 14 Witherspoon Street, in 1993:

“They joined forces, packing up Jessica’s car, and spending most of 1993 driving around the U.S. in search of the perfect college town to open Small World Coffee, a cafe for the locals that welcomes the world. Their year-long road trip brought them to many college towns, but the brakes of their little Geo Spectrum came to a screeching halt when Princeton was found, the perfect town-gown experience, historic and collegiate with a cosmopolitan flair.”

Since that fateful road trip, the cafe has expanded and now boasts 43 employees at its Witherspoon and Nassau Street locations and its Rocky Hill-based roastery. Visit www.smallworldcoffee.com.

Food for the soul

Tis the season for festive feasts, Christmas cookies, and elastic-waist pants — but it’s also the time of year to consider the less fortunate. The Arts Council of Princeton mixes art, food, and charity at its soul-filled bowls event on Saturday, December 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local artists have donated ceramic bowls that will be available for purchase, and attendees can enjoy a bowl of soup from Blawenburg Cafe and the Salad and Smoothie Market with bread from Brick Farm Market. Proceeds will benefit Meals on Wheels and Isles. Visit www.artscouncilofprinceton.org

This article was originally published in the December 2018 Princeton Echo.