The magical thing about a flame is that when you light another match or candle to share the fire, it doesn't diminish the original light. All that is diminished is the darkness. And so it is at the corner of Catherine Street and Burnet Avenue since Sparky Town opened a few months ago.
Sparky Town has quickly become the "funky place to meet and eat" that owner and chef Linda "Sparky" Mortimer has envisioned for her restaurant and cafe. Every time I've stopped in, whether it was for lunch, a cup of coffee, or dessert to go, I've run into friends and colleagues. Sparky Town isn't just a neighborhood cafe for Hawley Green but it feels like the neighborhood place for everyone regardless of where they live.
That must have a lot to do with Sparky herself. She has a way of making you feel as if you're a dear friend being welcomed home even if it's your first time through the door. In between taking orders, cooking and tending to the business of running a restaurant Sparky manages to stop at each table to check in on folks and to get to know her guests. You can probably chalk that up to her naturally outgoing personality, but Sparky's experience catering and teaching cooking classes at Williams Sonoma might also explain how she can turn out great food while making you feel as if dining there is the most exciting thing that could be happening to you.