The shop at 161 Rt 6A (adjacent to the mini golf course) that formerly housed Legit LAX and Maypop Antiques could be Sandwich’s hottest new coffee place.

The owners of Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters Cafe, which has locations in Brewster and Chatham, are looking to open up here. They plan on modeling the new shop after their Brewster location, which features sofas and homey wooden decor, serving freshly roasted coffees, teas and light bites.

It would be a nice addition to the town. The owners appeared before the ZBA and passed their first hurdle of obtaining a special permit on February 25. They are now waiting for the appeals period to pass.

Co-owner Manuel Ainzuain told Snyder's Sandwich that he hopes to start building out the space in April and expects to open by the fall.

Ainzuain, a native of Peru, and his wife, Shayna Ferullo, are currently leasing the building with a plan to eventually purchase it. They are residents of Brewster.

"I was looking around the Upper Cape," Ainzuain said. "In Chatham, we have a small place. We have our larger place in Brewster. We like the area in Sandwich because it's a full year population location. We love Rt. 6A. We're going to build a large gourmet coffee place here. We have online ordering. We have a membership club. This location gives us an opportunity for a larger space. Connecting with the local market is a good start. It will be year round like our Brewster location."

"My wife and myself started the business five years ago, with our savings after moving here from California," he added. "We now have two daughters and wanted to make a living on the Cape. We are a specialty coffee location. Coffee is a commodity. We try to develop relationships with farmers in Peru, Central America, and other locations around the world. We get high quality product from farmers. Starbucks isn't really competition for us. Small batches and small craft brews are our specialty. Starbucks doesn't offer that. It's not just a cup of coffee. It's the experience. It compliments the cup of coffee."

"We'll have lots of seating in front of the roasting area, and we'll have a small room with free wifi for customers. It becomes a work space for many. We will have parking spaces for 14 cars. Most people don't stay long. Lots of grab and go."

"The Cape needs year round businesses," Ainzuain said. "We're happy to bring something great to an empty building."

It is expected that Snowy Owl will be open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

RUMBLINGS AROUND TOWN

Scholarship available

The Sandwich Women’s Club is pleased to announce that a scholarship for high school seniors will be offered again this year.

To be considered for the award, you must be a graduating high school senior who will be attending a college or university program in September and a legal resident of Sandwich.

Awards will depend on the number and qualifications of the applicants. The club's scholarship program seeks to recognize young adults who share in its mission of service to the community.

For more information, email info@sandwichwomensclub.org. Applications can be filled out online at sandwichwomensclub.org or by sending a self addressed stamped envelope to HS Scholarship Committee, Sandwich Women’s Club, PO Box 757, Sandwich, MA 02563. Applications must be postmarked on or before April 1.

Swamp Burn Cancelled

The Sandwich Fire Department cancelled a controlled burn that was scheduled for March 1 and 2 at the Maple Swamp Conservation Area on Service Road.

A new date has not been announced, but the department said on Facebook that the burn will be rescheduled. When announced, we'll post it here.

The burn will be the first of several deliberate forest fires at the 1,028-acre conservation area. According to Natural Resources Director Dave Deconto, the site has become thickly overgrown. A prescribed burn will consume leaf litter and expose soil, as well as kill undesirable shrubs and juvenile trees, improving conditions for more desirable plants.

People will questions regarding the controlled burn are encouraged to call the Sandwich Department of Natural Resources office at 508-833-8054.

Looking for help for a student in need

An Oak Ridge 6th grader whose mother was recently diagnosed with breast cancer needs our help. 

The child's mom is currently undergoing an intense, aggressive treatment. Due to her diagnosis, it is impossible for the family to fulfill the financial commitment for their child to travel with peers on the annual Oak Ridge trip to Yellowstone.

Alison Bruno is selling raffle tickets to benefit the family and send this student to Wyoming. Tickets are for $5 or three for $10. If you are interested in purchasing tickets, you can contact her at arbruno825@gmail.com or 774-238-6904.

Mark Snyder, who has written more than 2,700 articles in newspapers and magazines, and published three books, is the CEO of PMPNetwork.com, the internet’s entertainment superstation. He also started the Sandwich News group on Facebook, which has over 13,000 members. Have a story idea? He can be reached via snyderssandwich@aol.com, toll free fax at 866-655-8234, and on Facebook,www.facebook.com/MarkSnyderTVRadio.