Goodbye, Purple Trim House

We all start somewhere. I couldn’t have been luckier as to where I got cut my teeth. Yesterday, Renee Thayer-Allison closed the doors of Eclectic Etcetera Coffee House.

I was 18 when I first stepped in there. I introduced myself to Renee, said I had heard people play music here and wondered if I could have a show. She said sure. I had brought my guitar with me and offered to play her something as an audition, to make sure that she thought I was right for the venue. She told me the fact I was ready to do that gave her faith enough that I was a good fit. And she hasn’t stopped having faith in me since.

Renee became like family, and her coffee house a second home. Eclectic Etcetera will be missed, but I will always have the memories. I plan to make many more memories with all the great people I met there over the years.

Published by Tommy Link

Tommy Link was born and raised in Erie PA. He began playing guitar at the age of 16, being taught by Claude Braudis at a local music store known as 'World of Music'. Two years later, he began attending Edinboro University of PA, where he started playing out at different local venues. He resides there today, and continues to play around Edinboro and Erie.

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