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Pieces of the past & a cup of joe

July 1, 2009
The Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK -What began as a hobby for antiquers Murial Ruonavar and Keith Halls has turned into a full-scale business and visitors to their shop can see why.

Three years ago, Murial and Keith opened Dejavu & Daily Brew in a beautiful 1903 Victorian home in Hancock. The more than century-old residence proved the perfect fit for their coffee shop and vast collection of antiques, glassware, furniture and unique collectibles.

"We've been doing very well here," Murial said. "We've grown every year so far."

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Dejavu & Daily Brew in Hancock offers customers antiques, gourmet coffee and home made pastries. At left is a display of glassware on the first floor of the 1903 Victorian home, located 1 mile west of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge on M-203. Below shows a collection of turquoise jewelry and one of three rooms upstairs displaying handbags and vintage jewelry.

The first floor of Dejavu & Daily Brew features the coffee shop in the kitchen. The coffee shop offers home made pastries and freshly brewed coffee, tea and hot chocolate daily. New on the menu are a variety of lattes and iced-coffee drinks in mocha and french vanilla flavors.

Just off the kitchen are rooms displaying a unique collection of antique furniture and glassware, which includes Depression glass in a spectrum of colors, iridescent carnival glass and pieces from the famous Fenton Art Glass company.

"We also have a nice collection of turquoise jewelry we acquired in New Mexico this past winter," Murial said. "We bought it directly from the Navajo."

A stairway leads to three additional rooms upstairs, which display a collection of vintage jewelry. Evening bags and furniture are some of the things customers will also find on the second floor. Additional antiques can be found outside in the original carriage house.

There is plenty of seating room both inside and outside. The gazebo to the side of Dejavu is perfect for small gatherings, or, for a more intimate setting, there's the turret above the porch. A spiral staircase leads up to this more private seating area that overlooks the surrounding flower gardens. Free wireless (WiFi) Internet access is also available.

Murial said she is grateful for the community support they received in getting the business off the ground.

"We especially want to thank Gretchen Jansen and Karen Lahti. They did a lot to set it up as a business," she said. "They got OKs from neighbors and attended council meetings for our business to become a reality."

In late August, Dejavu & Daily Brew will be participating in the Heritage Antiques & Collectibles Show and Sell event in Lake Linden. The event will take place in the Heritage Center, located at 53428 N. Ave., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 29 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 30.

"Come and check out our antiques," Murial encouraged. "We're really looking forward to it."

Dejavu & Daily Brew can be found online at or by visiting Pasty Central. Layaway is available for purchases. To find out more, call 483-2143.

Dejavu & Daily Brew is located 1 mile west of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge in Hancock on M-203. Business hours, starting July 6, are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday until the end of August. Dejavu & Daily Brew will return to its original business hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, September through November 30.

Dejavu & Daily Brew will be closed on the Fourth of July.

Editor's note: This feature is part of a paid advertising package purchased by Dejavu & Daily Brew of Hancock. Businesses interested in being featured on the Business page may call Yvonne Robillard at 483-2220.



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