Prizes, samples and gardening experts at Hattie's Library Café grand re-opening

Hattie’s Library Café will have its official grand re-opening on Tuesday, March 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The café, which is located at 60 South High Street on the first floor of the Akron-Summit County Public Library, closed briefly in January and re-opened with a new, healthier take on lunch in downtown Akron. Hattie’s Library Café now includes a salad bar featuring certified-organic vegetables from Hattie’s Garden at Crown Point Ecology Center. Hattie’s Library Café and Hattie’s Garden are both Hattie Larlham social enterprises that offer meaningful employment to people with developmental disabilities.

The grand re-opening celebration will feature samples of the new healthy fare at Hattie’s Library Café, including guilt-free smoothies that can be made out of soy milk, hummus and pita, wraps, sandwiches, fresh fruit and more. For fans of Hattie’s Café & Gifts signature items, the tried and tested favorites are still available as well.

Customers who attend the grand re-opening will also have a chance to meet the Hattie’s Garden team and ask gardening questions. Their expertise includes sustainable growing methods, year-round gardening and composting. In addition, the event will feature a variety of giveaways, including five $10 Hattie’s Library Café gift cards, two $25 Hattie’s Café & Gifts gift baskets and three dozen fresh-baked, preservative-free Hattie’s Café & Gifts cookies.

“The transformation of Hattie’s Library Café was really about bringing something new to the area. We’ve created a quick, convenient and affordable lunch spot for downtown Akron that also has the added bonus of being healthy,” said Dotty Grexa, vice president of vocational and social enterprises at Hattie Larlham.