Dan Tressler entertains patrons outdoors during a summer social gathering at Greiser’s Coffee & Market.
— Nancy Doniger Photo

Greiser’s Store and Deli, at the intersection of Center and Westport roads, could be a Norman Rockwell painting of mid-20th-Century Americana culture. It bears little resemblance to 21st-Century technology other than the late-model cars in the parking lot.

The Greiser family operated the store, which sells sandwiches, sundries, gasoline and antiques, for 92 years. Arthur Richard Greiser, grandfather of Richard Frederick “Dick” Greiser, the current owner, immigrated to Easton from Germany in 1900 and bought the store in 1926.

Local residents who patronized Greiser’s for decades dubbed it “Town Hall West.”  They said lots of town business has been debated and dissected at Greiser’s over the years. They tried to keep it light and not get too worked up over politics, according to Phil Doremus, Easton Zoning Enforcement Officer and one of the regulars.

But after operating Greiser Market & Deli continuously for 42 years, Greiser was ready for a change. 

Greiser’s Coffee & Market marked its first anniversary on Nov. 1. Easton resident Adrienne Burke now leases the historic site from Greiser, who continues to sell antiques and gasoline.

Burke has transformed the old deli into a stylish, upscale coffee shop and market, where residents can buy locally produced edibles, art and a variety of seasonal products. 

Easton neighbors and visitors now meet up barista-made coffee drinks, a creative array of breakfast and lunch offerings, for art exhibits, to hear local musical talent and other social gatherings. 

The Greiser’s tradition carries on.

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By Nancy Doniger

Nancy Doniger worked as a journalist for three decades and was a founding editor of the nonprofit Easton Courier in partnership with the School of Communications, Media & the Arts at Sacred Heart University (SHU). She served two years as executive member and is now a contributing editing of the Easton Courier. She was a former managing editor of Hometown Publications and Hersam Acorn Newspapers covering Connecticut's Fairfield and New Haven counties. She was a correspondent for the Connecticut section of The New York Times from 1995 until the section was discontinued in 2006. Over the years she edited The Easton Courier, The Monroe Courier, The Bridgeport News and other community newspapers. She taught news editing as an adjunct professor at SHU and served as coordinator and member of the Community Assets Network for the Easton, Redding and Region 9 schools. She was a member of the Newtown Community Center Commission, member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), board member of the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA), and past president and board member of the Barnard Club of Connecticut. She has won awards for her writing from SPJ and NENPA.

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