Getting Drawn In

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Things are getting busier every week at the Drawn In Café, says proprietor David Hahn. At the corner of Waverly and Peebles streets, the combination coffeehouse, art gallery, convenience store, performance space and whatever may still be evolving held its grand opening on July 10, although the shop has been operating on a limited basis since the spring.
Hahn, 41, a former CMU art student, moved back to Pittsburgh last year after spending some time on the west coast framing houses and working in green construction. His friends (whom he does not want to name)  own the Waverly Street building, and he says they had talked about turning it into a coffee shop for some time.
Artwork, much of it Hahn’s, lines the walls, and hand-designed T-shirts share space with Tylenol and Blue Bunny ice cream. An old turntable and a stack of vinyl serve as a jukebox.
“We’re looking for ways to keep customers here for the second cup,” Hahn says.
As word spreads around the neighborhood, the walk-in trade has escalated and more money has crossed the counter. But not a whole lot just yet.
“When we first started, I figure I was making about $6 an hour,” says Hahn. “Now it’s probably up to about 10.”

For more information about the Drawn In Café, visit the café’s myspace page. Go to http://www.myspace.com/drawnincafe.

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