5 Years Since Opening Brewed Awakenings, Kaster Amazed by Experience

 03/15/2016 - 01:45

In early March five years ago, Kim Kaster opened her coffee shop called Brewed Awakenings Café at the west end of Country Creek Shopping Center on Michigan Avenue at Moon Road in Saline. She has not looked back.

Saturday, March 12, the shop celebrated it’s fifth anniversary. The festivities included free samples of baked goods, raffles, a coloring contest, an anniversary cake and two musical groups.

 “I am so amazed at how many people came out to help us celebrate,” Kaster said.

The cafe is operated by Kim with the help of her husband Mike and her two sons, Nick and Zach. She spoke of how grateful she was for her family’s help and understanding as she has had to spend long hours at the cafe.

“It’s been quite an amazing experience and I loved every single moment of it,” Kaster said. “I am very blessed. It keeps growing and growing and I have a great community that continues to support this business and a great staff.”

All but two of her 15-person staff (counting her family) were present to participate in the celebration or to help with serving.

Her remarks before the cutting of the cake were interrupted a few times by applause. While she and her husband dished out free cake to patrons, a group from Jackson, the ABC Sisters set up for their performance.

The ABC Sisters are real-life sisters, Ayla, Bailey and Carly, who formed an Andrews Sisters tribute act. Their skillfully blended three-part harmony is accompanied by moves reminiscent of the famous trio of the 1940s.

The girls’ performance of ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’ and other famous Andrews Sisters hits were enjoyed by all present. Bailey also performed solo with music she wrote herself.

In the evening a second group, The Jim Dandy Band, played classic rock.

Brewed Awakenings is known not just for its food, but for its promotion and celebration of the arts. Works of local artists decorate the walls, area musicians perform there frequently and books written by local authors are available for sale.

The cafe opens at 6:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and closes at 9 p.m. On Saturday the hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. They serve an assortment of sandwiches, paninis, soups, salads and baked goods, as wells as good coffee.

Bob Conradi Is a retired pharmaceutical scientist who has redefined himself as a photographer and journalist. He has lived in Michigan for 36 years and in the Saline area for 10. He enjoys researching and learning about new ideas. Reach him at bobcphotography@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter at @RobertConradi.