MAYVILLE - If you need a fried bologna sandwich or a triple-chocolate cheesecake to hit the spot, there is a new business in Mayville that can help.
The Sweet Spot, located at 4 N. Erie St., Mayville, is the new business that features made-from-scratch cafe style food and desserts, which also has a gift shop.
Tim and Darlene Wendell opened the cafe on Sept. 6 and, so far, business has been good. With county and sheriff employees right across the street and the Town of Chautauqua building located closely, the couple said the community has been very responsive to the new business.
Tim and Darlene Wendell, The Sweet Spot owners, in front of their new business located at 4 N. Erie St., Mayville.
P-J photo by Dennis Phillips
The building was once the county clerk’s office and dates back to at least the 1830s.
''We want to make people happy. We want to make people smile,'' Mrs. Wendell said. ''We like people. We really enjoy people's company. We want them to come in and stay a while. We want them to feel a part of the family.''
Mrs. Wendell said from renovations, which took six months, to making desserts, many members of the Wendell family have lent a hand to help the cafe.
''My one daughter makes cupcakes and my other daughter makes cheesecakes,'' she said. ''They're bringing their talents to the business, too.''
This is the first cafe business the couple have owned, though Mrs. Wendell managed a business as a purchaser for a gift shop for several years at the Chautauqua Institution. Mrs. Wendell said for years the couple knew they wanted to own a business in Mayville.
''This is our community. We live here. We work here. We've raised our family here,'' she said. ''A big focus for us is the community. We want them to have a good time. We want to be known as a place where the community can come and have fun. We want to get to know them.''
The Wendells also enjoy the history behind the building where their new business is located. The building, which dates bake to the 1830s, was once the county clerk's office. They purchased the building from the county in January and started the renovation process in March. During the restoration, the couple discovered a classic historic ceiling that was hidden in what was once a vault, but now is a place to enjoy lunch. The cafe also has marble flooring that Mrs. Wendell said dates back to the early 1900s. The couple also plans to create a timeline in the cafe detailing the building's rich history.
''I've always loved the look of this building,'' she said. ''We like the historic nature of the building.''
The cafe and dessert shop features both hot and cold sandwiches, soups, breakfast sandwiches, cheesecakes, cookies and cupcakes. The gift shop has home decor items, stationary and children's toys.
''This is a place where people can find unique items they cannot find anywhere else,'' she said.
Mrs. Wendell said the employees at the cafe are paid minimum wage and don't accept tips. However, donations can be made which will benefit local charitable organizations. So far, the restaurant has donated to Chautauqua County Hospice, the Mayville Fourth of July Committee and the Mayville Food pantry. In October, the donations went toward breast cancer awareness and the Chautauqua County Humane Society.
The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 224-1021. The Sweet Spot offers orders for carry-out and will accept orders up to a week in advanced for baked goods.