our story

We are one of madison's most noted specialty retail destination. we have customers that are 2nd and 3rd generations. For almost 50 years now the attic/coffee mill cafe has provided a unique shopping experience for its visitors. 

IN APRIL OF 1971, R.B. AND IRENE LIST OPENED THE DOORS OF THE ATTIC WHICH PREVIOUSLY HOUSED T.P. VINCENT GROCERY FOR NEARLY 50 YEARS. THE RESTORED RED BRICK TWO STORY BUILDING HAS A CAST IRON FAÇADE ADDED IN 1901 MADE BY THE MADISON MACHINE COMPANY. MANY OF THE ORIGINAL STORE FIXTURES AND SHELVES STILL REMAIN AND HAVE BEEN ADAPTED FOR USE TO THIS DAY. 

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THE ATTIC’S MOST PROMINENT FEATURE, THE COFFEE MILL CAFÉ, WAS A DELICIOUS ADDITION IN 1993 FEATURING MADISON’S BEST GOURMET COFFEE, TEA, AND SPECIALITY DRINKS IN ADDITION TO A WONDERFUL SELECTION OF PIES, CAKES, AND OTHER HOMEMADE TREATS. 

IN 2021, THE ATTIC CELEBRATED 50 YEARS AND STILL CONTINUES TO PROVIDE A WELCOMING ATMOSPHERE AS A PLACE FOR LOCALS AND VISITORS TO EXPERIENCE, WHILE HONORING ITS’ HISTORY. 

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WE OFFER IN-HOUSE ARTISAN ROASTED COFFEES FROM AROUND THE WORLD, DELICIOUS CREATIONS OF PANINI GRILLED SANDWICHES, WRAPS, SALADS, GOURMET FOODS, HAND CRAFTED SODAS, SMOOTHIES AND LOTUS DRINKS, AS WELL AS OUR WONDERFUL SELECTION OF GIFTS. WE HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR TIME IN THIS SPECIAL PLACE AS MUCH AS WE DO.

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