Kent Coffee and Chocolate: 20 years old and still sweet

Kent Coffee and Chocolate on Main Street celebrated 20 years in business this July. Photo by Jennifer L. Kronholm

KENT — One of the mainstays of downtown Kent celebrated an important milestone this summer. Kent Coffee and Chocolate, opened by Sandra Champlain when she was 25 years old, turned 20 on July 4.

The idea for the shop came to her on a visit to her mother, Marion, all those years ago. Champlain had graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., and was working in the hospitality industry, sometimes cooking, sometimes in management. She even worked on the Mississippi Queen river boat. But, she said, she had a dream of opening a restaurant.

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