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Local Wisdom: After-Hours Gatherings at Greiser’s

APRIL 19: DISCOVER THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF EARLY EASTON WITH FRANK PAGLIARO

Running a small-town coffeeshop, we’re exposed every day to fascinating folks in our community.

An Olympic luger, a nonfiction-thriller writer, the creator of a leading clean-beauty makeup brand, a Barolo-trained prodigy chef, a designer of couture wedding gowns, a Broadway producer, a former big city Mayor, a painter of artwork collected by Beyoncé — they’re all among our Greiser’s regulars.

Easton  is a hive of accomplished people with unique talents. And if you frequent our shop, there’s a chance you’ve enjoyed a conversation with one of them on your visits here.

Ever since our November 1, 2018, opening day, we’ve aspired to provide a place for all the interesting and interested people in our community to connect. Lately, we’ve been thinking about how to do that in more deliberate ways.

So, we’re excited to launch Local Wisdom, a new occasional after-hours event series at Greiser’s. On these evenings, we’ll provide small bites, beverages (non-alcoholic, but byob is permitted), and a relaxed forum where you can get to know your neighbors, including some of Easton’s most creative and innovative residents. Each event will include a short “lecture” — think TEDTalk or PechaKucha presentation — and plenty of time for conversation with our featured guests — all of whom will be plucked right from our customer list.   

Join us for the third event in our series, “Discover the Hidden History of Early Easton” with Frank Pagliaro!

Frank Pagliaro

Local historian (and Greiser’s barista) Frank Pagliaro will join us from 6:30 – 8:00 pm on Wednesday, April 19, to present his own fascinating research and entertaining stories about the olden days of our lovely little town.

If you were dropped off in Easton 150 years ago, what would you recognize? In the 1870s you’d find several general stores, one-room schoolhouses, shoe shops, sawmills, grist mills, tanneries, blacksmiths, taverns, and hundreds of acres of fertile farmland crisscrossed by stone walls.

Today, our town hosts just a handful of commercial enterprises and 28 square miles of woodlands, reservoirs, farms, and more than two thousand homes on one- and three-acre lots.

Where did the past go? Frank quotes William Faulkner — “The past is never dead. It’s not even past”– and he says the history of Easton is all around you if you know where to look.

In this month’s Local Wisdom lecture, “Discover the Hidden History of Early Easton,” Frank will take us on a virtual walkabout of the Easton that was and, in some cases, still is.

What has changed, what has remained the same, and what is hiding in plain sight? What treasures are lying all around us, waiting for the curious to find? How does a walk in the woods become a tour of the past?

Join us this evening at Greiser’s to Discover the Hidden History of Early Easton with our in-house historian and morning barista, Frank Pagliaro.


A light buffet dinner and softdrinks will be served. BYOB welcome.

Space at Greiser’s is limited. Advanced registration is required. Tickets, $20, are available in-store or online here.

To learn about future events in our Local Wisdom series, please subscribe on our homepage to our email newsletter, the Flying A.

Parisian Chairs Find Their New Home

Bringing a Bit of Brooklyn and Paris to Easton

Just in time for Spring 2022, we’ve acquired some new used seating! And it’s the outdoor furniture of our dreams. We had been searching for affordable authentic Parisian bistro chairs ever since Greiser’s Coffee & Market was just a draft business plan in 2018.

Typically, these trendy pieces go for anywhere from $150 to $600 a piece. Lucky for us, a woman named Angie, who moved from Brooklyn to Danbury with her family during the pandemic, brought these well-loved River Café castoffs from the city to the suburbs with her. But when they didn’t quite fit in her new home, she reluctantly offered them on Facebook Marketplace. We were thrilled to acquire all 20, in just the right colors, and Angie is happy to know they have a new home where they will continue to be adored.