All posts by Jennifer Brogee

I’ve been a techie geek since the early 90s. I also own a gourmet coffee house/ cafe, The Meeting Place on Market, in downtown Lima, Ohio (rust belt icon, and setting of popular TV show, Glee). I’m the wife of Kevin, and the mom of 3 great kids.

Self-Portrait Contest & Exhibit

Grand Prize: $100Ridley self-portrait
Contest Deadline June 10, 2015
Unveiling & Awards Ceremony Saturday, June 13, 2015, noon

The Meeting place will be hosting a Creative Self Portrait Contest for June.  What is a creative self-portrait? Almost anything you envision that says something about you! Paint yourself as Wonder Woman or Doctor Who. It could be a portrait of yourself with your family at Disney, or a photo of yourself perched in a tree.

This contest is open to all media (paint, sculpture, digital art, photography, etc.). We want to display the artwork on our walls and will accept entries no larger than 20×20 inches. Please contact us if your entry is a sculpture so we can make special arrangements for display. Please submit your work by June 10th.
The Meeting Place Creative Self-Portrait Contest will feature up to 12 artists on display throughout the month of June beginning Saturday, June 13th. Prizes in several categories will be awarded on our opening night. Watch for additional details to come.

Each artist can enter up to 5 submissions with an entry fee of $5.00/piece. While on display, you can price your artwork to sell. There is a 15% commission on artwork sold at The Meeting Place. Artwork can be picked up after the July 4th weekend.

Prizes are as follows
Best of show $100 cash
and 3 runner ups $30 gift cards to the Meeting Place

We look forward to your submissions.
Good Luck!

Planning a Bridal Shower at The Meeting Place on Market


Bridal Showers are fun and easy at The Meeting Place! Transform our Meeting Room with the colors and theme of the wedding, and celebrate with the bride, friends, and family in a cozy space that we will set up to accommodate your party (up to 40). Our staff will discuss your food needs and help plan a menu your guests will remember. Work with our baker for a special dessert (decorated cake or cupcakes, mini cheesecakes) to add to the fun!

Bridal Showers are perfect at The Meeting Place on Market – “Where friends love to meet!”

Reserve Online, or call us at 419-222-0985 or to make your reservation.


Planning a Baby Shower? The Meeting Place is a Great Place to Celebrate

The Meeting Place – “Where people love to meet”!

Baby Showers are a breeze at The Meeting Place! Transform our Meeting Room with your decorations, and celebrate with the “mommy-to-be, friends, and family in a cozy space that we will set up to accommodate your party (up to 40). Our staff will discuss your food needs and help plan a menu your guests will remember. Work with our baker for a special dessert (decorated cake or cupcakes, mini cheesecakes) to add to the fun!

Baby Showers are perfect at The Meeting Place on Market – “Where friends love to meet!”

Reserve Online, or call us at 419-222-0985 or email to make your reservation.

See you soon!

Shower in the meeting room, Lima, Ohio
All setup for a shower in our private meeting room!

A Love Affair with the Lima Bean Blend

We love our customers here at The Meeting Place so we decided to treat our facebook followers to a monthly customer testimonial and appreciation post. Here is what Sophie Starr had to say about us!


The staff is extremely friendly and I love the Gluten Free desserts! Plus the coffee is the best.


Lima Bean Dream with one shot of espresso.




The Top 9 Benefits of Buying Locally

1. Money Spent Here Stays Here:

Out of country retail spending does not benefit our community. If you spend money at a locally owned business, that money is much more likely to be spent at other local businesses, which strengthen’s the local economy.


2. Jobs & Wages:

Supporting local businesses provides support to the jobs they offer. Increasing your spending at local businesses will in turn, increase jobs in your community.


3. Better Variety:

Local businesses provide a wide variety of products and services. These one-of-a-kind businesses give our community its distinct character.


4. Convenience Equals Savings:

Shopping locally saves time and money. Traveling farther to shop at non-local stores costs you more per mile driven and also valuable time spent away from home.


5. Green-Friendly:

Staying local decreases your gas consumption and pollution, and sustains vibrant, walk able communities.


6. Local Character & Prosperity:

In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an advantage in offering quality of life and unique experiences.


7. Friends & Neighbors:

Local businesses are staffed by local residents, your friends and neighbors. You get better service from people you know and who know you. And, you can catch up on “what’s new” with other customers as you shop.


8. Non-profits Receive Greater Support:

Your support of local businesses helps to ensure that they are able to continue their giving to our local non-profits.


9. Buy What You Want, Not What Someone Else’s Wants:

Small businesses select products based not on a national sales plan but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers.


Visit for a list of local shops and restaurants in downtown Lima!


Fight Hunger This Friday with the Cotton Patch Gospel at Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen

Fighting Local Hunger with “The Cotton Patch Gospel”

The Off-Broadway musical, “The Cotton Patch Gospel” is going way off-Broadway to Lima, OH. The purpose is to raise money for local, national and international programs that help fight hunger. This show will be presented on Friday, January 18 at 7pm at Our Daily Bread, 125 South Central Ave. A freewill offering will be taken, with 100% of the funds raised go directly to fight hunger.

“The Cotton Patch Gospel” is a musical, written by Tom Key and Russel Trez featuring the music of singer/songwriter Harry Chapin. The story, inspired by Koinonia farms founder Clarence Jordan’s translations of the Gospels, imagines what it would be like if Jesus were born in Gainesville, Georgia in the 20th century. Those old Bible stories take on a new twist as Mary Hagler and Joe Davidson raise a most miraculous human. What makes this “The Cotton Patch Gospel” truly unique, is the “one man” performance by native Illinoisan, Phillip Kaufmann. With permission from the Chapin family, and through the use of audio and video technology, Phillip portrays over 20 characters, plays 11 musical instruments and sings his own backup vocals. His performance, combined with an excellent script makes this a performance that you don’t want to miss.  The Meeting Place on Market will be providing desserts and coffee for the event.

The show is even more enjoyable knowing that 100% of the proceeds go to fight hunger locally, nationally and globally. 50% of all proceeds stay right here and supports Our Daily BreadSoup Kitchen, an organization that serves an average of 3,411 meals per month to those living in poverty and hardship in Lima/Allen County. 25% goes to WHY Hunger (an organization founded by Harry Chapin and New York radio host & Catholic philanthropist, Bill Ayres – ) and 25% to Mennonite Central Committee food program ( ). Thus far, Phil has taken his one-man show on the road for hunger, raising over $65,600 in its first 61 shows.

See for current information about Phil’s efforts and for a review of his show with Harry’s daughter Jen Chapin. Why Hunger lists Phil and his show along with artists like Bruce Springsteen, Carlos Santana, and Chicago in their efforts to fight hunger.

Visit Facebook: Cotton Patch Gospel Food Project or

For more info, contact Wendy Chappell-Dick at 419-303-9769

Suzanne Kinstle Nocera Art Exhibit December 2012

The Fine Art of

Suzanne Kinstle Nocera

Organic Elements in Contemporary Color

Art Exhibit at The Meeting Place on Market

December 2012

A native of Ohio, Suzanne’s discipline of focus is concentrated in transparent watercolor with mixed media in a contemporary style. Her colorful portrayal of nature and the land that surrounds her, is the reflection of Ohio’s summer gardens and the beautiful textural elements of its grand state parks.

“Bringing the outdoors in, I enjoy taking the ordinary and presenting it as the ‘not so ordinary’. In art circles, I am recognized for my use of color… it’s my passion and I react to it intuitively as I paint, striving for texture and bold, clean luminous color through a flowing, spontaneous application of poured paint”.

She is an award winning artist, studying with both national and internationally acclaimed artists since 1998. Her work hangs in private collections across the United States and Europe. Her works of intricate paper collage are represented by Vale Gallery in Chicago’s ‘River North Gallery District’ and 21st Street Art Gallery in Virginia Beach.

Suzanne is an active member of the Lima Area Watercolor Society, The Visual Artists Network and American Craft Council. She teaches watercolor and mixed media collage in her private home studio where she resides in Lima Ohio.

Suzanne’s artwork will be on display throughout December at The Meeting Place on Market, in downtown Lima, Ohio, 220 West Market Street.


Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Sales

Friday, November 23, open 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday, November 24, open 9 am – 3 pm

Buy 2 tea tins, get 1 FREE!

Each tin contains 36 to 50 round tea bags filled with premium tea. Regular price is $11.95/tin. Black Teas: British Breakfast, British Breakfast Decaf, Earl Greyer, Mango Ceylon, Ginger Peach, Blackberry Sage
Green Teas: Honey Ginseng, Honey Ginseng Decaf, Ginger Peach, Acai Green Tea
Red Teas: get lost, get gorgeous, get charged, get happy, get wellness, get maternal, get young, get hydrated, get burning, Good Hope Vanilla
Holiday: Apple Cider Tea

All gourmet coffees, 20% off!

Includes a variety origin coffee, including Lima Bean Blend, Big City Blend, Guatemalan, Colombian and much more, as well as flavored coffee such as Cookie Doodle, Crème Brulee, Black Forest, and more!

All packaged Chai tea, 20% off!

Our Chai tea is made in the USA! Enjoy Oregon chai at home (our daily chai brand), or try a new variety with the Enchanted Chai, available in vanilla or spiced, it is quick and easy to make using a powder base. Single Chai packets also available, just $1.00 regularly, $0.80 on sale. Both Chai options are gluten-free.

Oregon Chai ingredients: Water, organic* evaporated cane juice, honey, organic* spices, organic* black tea, ginger, organic* vanilla, organic* natural flavors and citric acid. (*Organically grown and processed in accordance with the California Organic Food Act of 1990).

Caffe D’Vita ingredients: sugar, non-hydrogenated coconut oil, nonfat dry milk, corn syrup solids, honey, imported natural black tea, natural spice blend (cinnamon, anise seed, cardamom, cloves, ginger), Madagascar vanilla, and natural and/or artificial flavors.

Shop ’til You Drop!

Gift baskets start at just $5.95, and include variety gift baskets, tea and/or Chai baskets, gourmet coffee & chocolate baskets, “Made in Ohio” basket, gluten-free basket and much more!

Variety Gift Basket, $34.95

Tea Sampler Gift Basket, $5.95

Happy Baskets, $10

Download the Downtown Lima Holiday Shopping Pass!