More than Coffee at Three Mountain Café.
When asked what she does in her spare time, Julie Burns, owner of Three Mountain Café, says, “I’m a hooker. A rug hooker that is!”
To Julie, running the Café is much more than “just serving coffee.” And, it’s clearly a place people come to get more than a good cappuccino. At any given time during Three Mountain’s open hours, people are gathered – groups of grandmas, students, knitters and artists. Perhaps it’s the smiley service, the delicious fare, or the ambiance – think antique sleds, vintage ski posters, wacky souvenirs and beautiful gift baskets. It’s a favored spot for locals’ business meetings and social catch ups.
And, it’s reputation runs beyond the borders of the Mad River Valley. One visiting couple recently announced, “we traveled 30 miles out of our way to get one of your maple scones and a Cafe Vermont topped with maple whip cream!” Who would blame them. Yum.
(By the way, Three Mountain Café also has a smoothie menu and salad bar for those of you who are more health-conscious!)
You don’t get much more Vermont than maple. And Julie. Julie’s roots run deep here. Her Mom and Dad both grew up in the Mad River Valley and most of her family is still in the area. Her parents ran an auto body and a rental business, so Julie had an entrepreneurial spirit it in her blood. Fourteen years ago, Julie and her husband, Paul – also a born-and-raised Vermonter – bought the former home of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (yep, did you know that coffee conglomerate started right here in the Mad River Valley?!).
Back to hooking…. Julie is a huge fan and supporter of the arts community here. She is currently the chair of Valley Arts, and the Three Mountain Café doubles as a gallery, with a monthly rotation of featured artists. On the First Fridays of each month, pop into the Café to meet the artist, hear some live music, and chat it up with others over whatever you find tasty. But if it is a sunny summer day, you might not find Julie there. Aside from loving the arts, she loves the sun, and relishes any chance to get out in it!