Lewisburg (Pennsylvania) is an okay place, though I recommend against choosing Bucknell's graduation day to drop by just to check out your favorite in-transit bookstore (and discover it has moved, having been pushed along by -- yes, Bucknell's Barnes and Noble, alas. A few days later on my way back south I did stop in Vicksburg at the bookstore -- Page After Page -- whose owner is still angry at the government for helping fund his demise by giving Bucknell money to fund the big box store right next to him in downtown Lewisburg. I agree. Why not support the bookstore that already existed in the area? If you can, go down Route 45 and support him. Be patient. He's still angry. And, he needs the support). But, having said this, there were two positive foodie reasons to stop in Lewisburg:
Cherry Alley is a coffee shop that says it is "Lewisburg's Own Micro Roastery" where once upon a time I purchased a lemon marshmallow. Today, though, it was packed, with parents and grads. But, I was lucky enough to get a table right at the window for one. Jut one. Moi. And, I had my second breakfast of the day: a half order of potato pancakes, which came with dandy sour cream, applesauce, and because I ordered it, bacon. And no, the bacon was not crispy. I asked for it to be, but it was not. The pancakes, though, were quite good, even though they didn't quite hold together. They tasted great. Hmmm. Along with the pancakes and bacon I had a mocha (adequate -- not too chocolate-y) and fresh orange juice, which I love. ice place. Funky and fun.
Address: 21 N. 3rd Street, Lewisburg, PA 17837
Around the corner a bit -- maybe 2-3 blocks, is another place, recommended to me by the owner of an art supply place in town: Catherman's Home Made Candy & Extraordinary Cakes and Pastries. A small place, in what seems like a residential neighborhood, filled with cakes and pastries (well, not so full when I got there), and apparently well known for their eclairs.What did I buy? Some dark chocolate molasses sponge candies (a 1/4 pound), and three cookies: 2 shapes like beautiful colorful flowers and one chocolate espresso biscotti. The candy is dandy -- and the cookies, well, I only had the biscotti. Mmmm. Their card says: Robert Jr. and Brenda Engle, owners. For reviews, try here or here. And the store is located at:
209 North Front Street, Lewisburg, PA