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HOT CUP — “They said it wouldn’t last six months” is a phrase Hot Cup owner Michael Cline often likes to say about the opening of the coffee shop in Logan a decade ago.

Hot Cup in Logan opened its doors on Oct. 17, 2011. The humble hometown coffee shop began as a sort of “hole in the wall” location at 50 Water St., before moving in 2013 to its current spot at 201 Stratton St., inside the former White & Browning building. Cline has renamed the building to Stark Tower since purchasing it in late 2020.

In the 10 years since Hot Cup opened, the shop has become a spot for local artists, musicians and others in the Logan area to shine. The shop is riddled with local artwork for sale, albums produced by local musicians, a menu of beverages and food items, an array of movie posters and figures, an antique piano and even a Harry Potter room.

To celebrate the occasion, Hot Cup hosted a party Saturday night that included costumes, music, dancing and food. With the exception of last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cline hosts an anniversary party around the same time each year.

Every party is a little different in how Cline makes his entrance. The guests, who are privately invited, are first treated to a reel of highlights from previous anniversary parties. Then, they go outside and await Cline’s arrival.

One year, Cline arrived via a hearse; another year by helicopter. This year, Cline rode Stratton Street on horseback, greeting the privately invited guests with cigars and a group picture.

Cline lives in Stark Tower along with his girlfriend, Gwendolyn Rainwater. He is currently renovating the upper floors of the historic building for office and lodging use.

HD Media news reporter Dylan Vidovich can be contacted via email at dvidovich@hdmediallc.com.

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