Wilson alumna brews up aesthetically-pleasing atmosphere at new local cafe


Alumna Amanda Strup enjoys a coffee in her newly-opened café Artfully Brewed. Photo by Alexandre Howard
Alumna Amanda Strup enjoys a coffee in her newly-opened café Artfully Brewed.
Photo by Alexandre Howard

Amanda Stup has already made great strides in her career after graduating from Wilson in Spring ’13. Just months ago, she walked across the stage and received her Bachelors of Fine Arts and Associate Degree in Elementary Education. Now, she sits in her own coffee shop, Artfully Brewed, sipping on fresh-brewed coffee she purchases from Yonah Coffee in Georgia, purchased and sold through Fair Trade. Stup opened her café in downtown Chambersburg on Oct. 18, 2013.

At the front door, the ambiance is immediate. The art on the wall from various local artists, the chalkboard table tops, and the acoustics are all warming and artfully welcoming. Stup used her Fine Arts experience in decorating Artfully Brewed. She desires to promote diversity and inspire her customers through the display of art in her café. She practices sustainability in her café with the practice of re-use, recycle, and re-purpose. She has refurbished and re purposed the chairs in the café. Her artistry and handiwork brightens these comfortable chairs all throughout her café.

Stup aims to provide a space for anyone who desires to have a place to relax, sip coffee, eat, and share a love of art. She said that Wilson College has given her the confidence to open her business. Stup loves the mantra “Wilson empowering women,” and hopes that the café will help in connecting Wilson students and the community. Artfully Brewed is open to all the community for demonstrations, displays and presentations. Saturdays feature open-mic and Stup welcomes anyone to play or perform there.

Stup gives student discounts with student ID cards. Artfully Brewed is located across from the Coyle-Free Library and but a pleasant walk from Wilson College campus. The café offers a non-pub based get-away from campus. With free Wi-Fi, coffee and delicious food, the café is perfect for studying. Stup encourages Wilson students to feel welcome with her delicious soups and Panini.

Heather Humwood ‘15 describes her first time at Artfully Brewed. “I loved it. It was very cozy and homey feeling. The chalkboard table tops were awesome. The opportunity to display and/or sell your own handmade trinkets, photography, and paintings is a great idea. The broccoli cheddar soup was amazing. The whole atmosphere was just very welcoming,” she said.

For more information, contact Amanda Stup at 717-825-4363 or to show support, “like” her page on Facebook.

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