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When Westwood Needed A Coffee Shop, Muse Cafe Answered The Call

Do you remember what you ate for breakfast the second Thursday in September of 2014? I do, but that’s just because I eat the same thing everyday. If you don’t, it’s okay. I tossed that out as a quick mental exercise to get your brain to wrap around the notion of time — and to realize how much (and/or maybe just how little) time has passed in the last three years.

For Shawntee Stallworth Schramm, Steve Schramm, and Jeff Boley, the past year has been a whirlwind of excitement. Those three recently opened Muse Cafe in Westwood. The seed of the idea for this coffee shop and wine bar originated with the Schramms. As residents of Westwood, they knew the neighborhood needed a gathering spot and reasoned they should be the ones to provide it.

“We just wanted to do something in our neighborhood for our neighborhood. When you see a vision for your community from your perspective, you say, ‘I’m going to make this happen,’” explained Stallworth Schramm.

That’s how Muse was born… from the heart. The cafe officially opened on July 21, 2017. And it’s more than a coffee shop or a wine bar. It’s got a little something for everyone, from jazz ensembles to gallery shows to cocktails to spoken word performances. “We’re trying to build something bigger than being just a place to get a cup of joe. “We’re building an experience,” said Stallworth Schramm.

Whenever they can, the goal is to keep things local and organic. Seven Hills and Deeper Roots are their coffee roasters. The produce found on some of the menu offerings is provided by farms in the surrounding Ohio/Kentucky areas. And the friendly smiles that’ll greet you upon entering this establishment? Yes, those are local too. All Westwood. All Muse Cafe.

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Muse Cafe is located at 3018 Harrison Ave. (45211) in Westwood.