Kiwanis traveling to different meeting spots

IN NEW SURROUNDINGS — As part of its June meetings, Steubenville Kiwanis Club members are traveling to different locations with the June 6 meeting, for instance, held at Leonardo’s Coffeehouse & Renaissance Coffee Roasting Co. at 159 N. Fourth St., Steubenville, some of which is shown in the photo. The second floor is where members heard an informal talk by Therese Nelson about plans for the building, which include restoring the third-floor ballroom. -- Janice Kiaski

Leonardo’s Coffeehouse & Renaissance Coffee Roasting Co. at 159 N. Fourth St., Steubenville, was where the Steubenville Kiwanis Club members headed June 5 as part of their June traveling-meeting month coordinated by Phyllis Riccadonna, June program chair.

On June 12, club members ended up at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church’s Greek Festival, which continues from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Friday at 300 S. Fourth St., Steubenville, and on June 19, the noon meeting will be at longtime downtown business McCauslen’s Florist, 173 N. Fourth St., owned by Harry and Pam Thomas.

The Kiwanians will head back to their normal meeting location, the YWCA of Steubenville, for their June 26 noon luncheon for a program on the Constitution, courtesy of Kiwanian Tom Graham.

Back at the coffeehouse, however, members checked out the new business that feeds into two other Nelson family ventures, including Drosselmeyer’s Nutcracker Shoppe with the Steubenville Popcorn Co. in the middle.

Members gravitated to the second floor of the coffee shop for the meeting that instead was an informal talk by Therese Nelson. “This floor just passed inspection last Thursday, so you’re actually the first meeting held here,” she said.

In 2016, the family purchased the building that was constructed in 1890 and was home to as many as 75 businesses in its history, she noted, adding that other than store the nutcrackers on the second floor, how the building would be used wasn’t immediately clear.

Today, however, there’s the coffeehouse and coffee roasting company on the bottom floor; the second floor that might be sectioned off for a meeting area and an oriental tea room, for instance; and the third floor being restored as the ballroom it originally was.

The coffeeshop opened about a week before Easter and has been well received, according to Nelson. It is named after Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci “because of his talent, ingenuity and dedication to the rebirth of society,” according to its Facebook page.

On Friday from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the coffeehouse will host a Dean Martin concert featuring Joe Scalissi and afterward an outdoor cinema showing of “You’re Never Too Young,” a Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis film, according to the coffeehouse Facebook page. The evening is free and family-friendly with participants encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair, it adds.