The Little Mustard Seed Brings Faith, Healthy Food to Downtown New Baltimore

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A cafe in New Baltimore is preparing to open this weekend as thousands flock to the city's downtown for the Bay-Rama Fishfly Festival

The Little Mustard Seed Cafe and Shoppe, 51111 Washington Street, will welcome customers Saturday with sandwiches, soups, salads, cookies, fresh-fruit smoothies, organic fair-trade coffee, a wide assortment of teas and more.  

"We are an organic-focused, family-friendly cafe featuring a full line of gluten-free menu items," owner Kathy Cox of Chesterfield Township said. 

Mustard seed of faith to make difference

Cox was inspired by faith to open the cafe that will help people with food allergies like her 7-year-old daughter Evelyn. 

Speaking of the business name derived from Bible verse, Matthew 17:20, she said, "If you have faith of a mustard seed you can do anything ... It is going out on a leap of faith that, in this small, little cafe, that God will make it significant for the community, especially for people with food allergies and those looking for healthy eating options."  

The cafe will sell her Natures Boundaries skincare line as well as American-made toys, birthday cards and fair-trade products. It will also feature free Wi-Fi for customers. There is seating for 16 indoors and nine outdoors. 

Festival, downtown developments underway

The opening is timed with the popular festival that Bay-Rama President John Dupray anticipates will bring an estimated 32,000-34,000 people to the city during the multi-day event, including the popular fireworks show at Walter and Mary Burke Park. 

"We got a little bit more boom and color this year," Dupray said. 

New Baltimore Mayor Larry Smith championed downtown improvements earlier this week during dedication ceremonies of public boat docks and a patrol boat. Smith noted new businesses like The Little Mustard Seed, an upcoming restaurant in the former Anchor Bay Pharmacy building as well as kayak rentals and a summer streetscape project as means of luring more visitors to the historic downtown. 

"We are making New Baltimore again a destination, not just a town to pass through going somewhere else. We want this as a destination and we are making it that way; we are progressing that way," Smith said. 

Cox said she decided to set up shop in the waterfront community because of its potential. 

"We love it here. It is a diamond in the rough and we want to help polish it up," she said. 

Tentative summer hours are 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. The business is closed Mondays. 
Sandy McClure June 20, 2013 at 08:17 AM
Your place looks really awesome! Can't wait to check it out!
Tracy McPhedran-Theisen June 20, 2013 at 12:39 PM
The owners are very sweet and down to earth. the place inside has a warm and comfy feeling. cant wait to eat here! stop in and say Hello to them! I have had the pleasure of meeting them already!!


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