Mary “Lucy” Branning has owned Lucy’s Paradise Café since May of 2006. Customers can either eat in or order carryout at this family diner open for breakfast and lunch six days a week. She has specials everyday including homemade soups; and Thursdays are pot roast days with fresh potatoes and carrots.
Branning took on this venture following 12 years at McCormick. Owning a Café was always something she wanted to try, and when the opportunity arose in 2006 she took the challenge. She has grown to employ four part-time employees and to be a local staple as a provider of home-style meals in Paradise. She enjoys seeing the people in the community grow and evolve over the years and tries “to make people feel welcome – like they’re coming to your home”.
An interesting program that she is now running regards US Soldier correspondence. Her nephew Patrick Flanagan is presently serving in Afghanistan. He expressed the need for more letters to the soldiers overseas and how much they appreciate any correspondence. Branning offers customers the supplies and encourages them to write a letter while at the Café; and she personally mails all the letters.
Although the past few years have been and continue to be challenging for Main Street, Branning has found much support from the Paradise community and its many regular customers. She expresses some concern for business safety citing recent burglaries at the liquor store and those at the cellular store, and she’s troubled with any upcoming vacancies in the shopping center. Also, she is disturbed about unauthorized dumping in and around her rear dumpster. Although Branning would like Paradise to be recognized more as part of the greater Catonsville community, she has enjoyed a positive and responsive rapport with BCPD and the County Government. With additional support from the community, the PCA, the BCPD, and Baltimore County, Branning is optimistic of her role in the Paradise business community and hopes to continue to offer good home-cooked meals to the greater Catonsville community in the future. If you have not had a chance to stop in, please do. The community is counting on you!
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David Sinclair is a PCA board member & can be reached @ firstname.lastname@example.org