Located on the corner of Elm and 4th Street, Not Just Cut and Dried is a store you have probably walked by many times. Have you ever gone in? The first time I walked in, I ended up chatting with Carolyn, the owner, for an hour. The smell of freshly brewed coffee, the candy and the inviting atmosphere reminded me of the little cosy Bulgarian shops I missed so much. I felt so at home, and I left the store with a smile and a bag of goodies.
Not Just Cut and Dried has been in business since 1989 and during that time it has changed a couple of downtown locations. The shop first opened on the riverfront, then Carolyn moved in the Old Dutch Building where she operated for 16 years. Now she is right across the street, still on the corner of Elm and 4th. Some things have changed during the years, but Not Just Cut and Dried has preserved its identity offering coffee, tea, herbs, dried floral arrangements, and handcrafted gifts. I go there at least once a week and every time I discover something new. Pictures speak louder than words, so here are some photos from my last visit.
When you go to Not Just Cut and Dried, you definitely have to try the coffee. Carolyn roasts it every week, and she has a wonderful variety of flavored and unflavored blends. Ever since I started buying coffee from her, my circle of friends has expanded considerably. We are all hooked on "Flat Kitty" 🙂
Another must-try: White Chocolate Eggnog Almonds. Need I say more? But hurry, since it is a seasonal item. While you are at it, get the New York Style Espresso beans as well.
Looking for some more Christmas gifts? Not Just Cut and Dried has a wonderful variety for everyone: from cookbooks and aprons, to warm gloves and elf pants.
Elf pants do exist, do you see them hanging from the ceiling?
Need to send a gift by mail? The Magic Slice cutting boards are simply wonderful, since they are beautiful, functional, lightweight and very reasonably priced. International-travel tested personally by me - guess what all my relatives got for Christmas back home in Bulgaria?
One of the best things about Not Just Cut and Dried, is that you can select a couple of items and have them gift-wrapped. Carolyn makes the most beautiful gift baskets, and the first one is always free of charge. The store carries a lot of Missouri-made items that you can pair up, add a bottle of wine and surprise a dear friend for Christmas or just because.
Feel free to sample some coffee while browsing through the store
Cosy and inviting, Not Just Cut and Dried is a great place to take a moment and get lost in a world of coffee, sugar and spice and everything nice. Carolyn and her staff always have time to answer your questions, help you select a blend of coffee or custom-make a unique gift for a special person.
The small town feel, the personal touch and the wonderful array of merchandise make Not Just Cut and Dried more than a place to shop. It is the smell of coffee and the ambient atmosphere of historic downtown Washington that keeps you coming back time and time again.
Not Just Cut and Dried is located on 301 Elm Street. You can reach Carolyn at 636.239.9084. Become a fan on Facebook and next time you are downtown don’t forget to try the coffee and tea 🙂