Foxy Loxy Emphasizes local décor, ingredients, staff and management
By Rick Marts, Staff Writer, The Times
EAST MARLBOROUGH — Put your feet up by the gas fireplace, stretch out on the buttery smooth, leather-cushioned Mission style oak furniture, and dig in to a hot caramel sundae of your own design. Follow that with and an espresso, latte, cappuccino or rich coffee of your choice.
Before you know it, you and your close personal other will have solved not only your relationship problems but also those of all your friends. Cozy, comfortable, and addictive best describes Foxy Loxy, the newest incarnation of the 1820 brick and gingerbread building at 5 Cemetery Lane in Unionville (the building actually faces Rt. 82, about one-quarter mile west of the Unionville Elementary School).
Jerry Brown, Foxy Loxy’s proprietor, said of the décor, “We are part historical library, part museum, and part local memorabilia showcase.” Bookshelves prominently display journals containing hand-written accounts of each fox hunt conducted for a 50-year period in the Unionville area. Also displayed is Brown’s wife’s collection of virtually every Dick Francis horse racing mystery.
Foxy Loxy’s manager, Jayne Shea, said, “We want to be attractive as well as interesting. We really aspire to becoming Unionville’s community gathering place.” Given the comfortable ambiance, Wi-Fi convenience, easy parking and absence of long lines, who wouldn’t want to gather at 5 Cemetery Lane?
And with four small groups having already reserved the 6-person polished oak conference table in the last 2 days, Foxy Loxy is fast on their way to becoming something of a hub.
Shea highlighted the coffee shop and ice cream parlor’s nearly 100 percent use of local food ingredients. She said, “All our ice cream—18 flavors—comes from Woodside Farm Creamery in Hockessin, our milk is from Bailey’s Dairy at Pocopson Meadows Farm, and our coffee is from a roaster in West Chester.”
As far as the coffee itself, Shea said she offers a special Foxy Loxy house blend, a flavored brew called Highlander Grog, and, of course, everything you can imagine from a full espresso bar.
The history of the nearly 200-year-old building is enough to attract a crowd. Even recently, it has been a quilt shop, high-end home décor shop, grocery store, and gas station. On the property stands an original American Elm tree, one that escaped the devastating Dutch Elm disease first identified in North America in 1928.
Hours of operation for Foxy Loxy are Tuesday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm; Friday and Saturday, 8:00 am to 9:00 pm; Sunday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm; and closed Mondays. Phone is 610-347-1928.
Additional information, such as today’s lunch special, can be found by visiting Foxy Loxy’s Facebook page—search for “Foxy Loxy LLC.” “Liking” the shop will bring automatic updates to your Facebook page. Look for an announcement of the shop’s grand opening in the spring.