MERIDEN — The sound of a strumming guitar mixed with quiet conversations over lunch at the Downtown Coffee Shop on West Main Street, which hosted Higganum-based musician Quinn Miller on Sunday.
"I really like the atmosphere,” said Miller, who goes by the stage name Quinn Mill. "It's always nice to go to new coffee shops and get the local side.”
Her two hour performance included songs she’s been writing since she was 8 years old, such as “Give It a Go.”
"I wanted to write something that was real. That touched as many people as possible and that really described situations in my life that I felt that music wasn't talking about," she said.
Miller is the latest musician to perform at the cafe in a series organized with the help of David Cooley, director of Making Meriden Business Center.
Tina Dalipovski, who runs the restaurant, said it has helped jump start her business on Sundays, bringing new faces in on a day when her weekday regulars are away.
Good music and food go hand in hand, Cooley said, and can enhance a coffee shop’s role as a meeting place and attraction. He’s been working on bringing musicians to the cafe nearly every Sunday since January. Last month Meriden-native Bonnie Jacobson performed.
“The driver, from my perspective, is to get people downtown and see it’s clean, nice and safe,” he said. “We need more restaurants and pubs downtown and, of course, music in closed venues makes sense.”
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