At the Seaside Coffee House, you can find the news of the day, highlights from the school calendar and likely run into someone you know.

Michelle Hawken — formerly Michelle Wunderlich — presides over the room every day but Wednesday, providing breakfast, lunch and coffee. Last Wednesday was an exception, as the Chamber of Commerce met there for their weekly meeting.

Locals can refill their coffee mugs on the honor system, Hawken said. “If you’re ever in a hurry and you need your coffee, just come in, throw money in and be on your way. You don’t have to wait in line, or you don’t have any money to pay me the next time as I really would rather you have your coffee.”

She now sells sweatshirts with the Seaside Coffee House logo, with the assistance of Andrew Stein of Logotek Inc., based in Gearhart. “I love swag and everyone always wants sweatshirts and T-shirts,” she said. “I have mugs, gift certificates, coffee, any last minute presents you need.”

She offers breakfast and lunch. “I would much rather make you breakfast and lunch but if you come in and order lunch, I’ll make it for you also,” she said.

COVID has been a “year of weirdness,” she said.

Hawken has a daughter, Annika, a freshman in college, Riley, a senior, and Madden, a freshman at Seaside High School. “He doesn’t like being called ‘the baby’ but he’s not here so it doesn’t matter,” she said.

Hawken serves on the Seaside School District Board of Directors, and has a ready recall for upcoming band and choral concerts, school plays and sporting events.

As of next May, Hawken will have been at Seaside Coffee House for 11 years, working there before owning it.

“What do you do when you like your job but you don’t want to work for someone? You buy it?” Hawken said. “I did not know what I was getting into. It’s a labor of love. I love coming in and making people happy with a cup of coffee.”

Seaside Coffee House, 5 N. Holladay.

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