Kim Page, 48, is in her 4th successful year of business with what she refers to as her “coffee shop gallery” called Higher Grounds in East Hampton. Since she moved to town 28 years ago, Page valued the existence in town of the type of cultural oasis that Higher Grounds has become.
Page chose to move to the town in part because of her fondness for “a funky little café in the building next door [to Higher Grounds’ current location] that had music and local art and little antiques and stuff,” she explains, “They closed, and until now we haven’t had anything.” After the café that she admired disappeared, Page endeavored to bring an indie-rock vibe back to the center of East Hampton. “I’ve just always wanted to have a funky little coffee shop where we could have art and music. There’s just not a lot of that around in Connecticut,” she says. Since Page opened Higher Grounds, other coffee shops have been springing up in the area. One of the newer shops, called “Down to Earth,” is located in Glastonbury, and another called “Something Simple” has surfaced in Hebron. “It’s kind of … Continue Reading