ROME — After its soft opening last week, Copperccino’s Coffee House has seen a steady stream of business every day.

Some people have been in every day since it opened, and lunch time has been slammed, said David Amidon, president of the Rome Main Streets Alliance Board, which operates the shop.

“It’s been very, very busy,” he said. “(On election night) at about 8:30, quarter to 9, we had 30 people in here, so to have that many people in a new little place that we haven’t advertised, it’s exciting. Everybody loves the look of the place, they love the feel of it.”

Copperccino’s, at 254 W. Dominick St., is the first step in what Rome Main Streets Alliance is calling its Main Street Market. The plan includes the coffee house, a craft product emporium and eventually a brewpub.

The coffee house aims to fill a void in downtown Rome, which already had shops that serve drip coffee, but nothing with lattes and other craft-style drinks. Other nearby businesses also close relatively early, while Copperccino's is open until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until midnight Fridays and Saturdays.

One of the biggest markets the shop wants to serve is those people who want somewhere other than a bar to hang out at later at night.

LuAnn Boone-Isherwood said her teen daughters will love being able to go to Copperccino’s and hang out.

“For me to get a cup of coffee, I either have to drive all the way up town or all the way out in west Rome, there was no coffee shop in this city anymore,” she said. “I have several teenage daughters, and they don’t have any place that I would want them to go after dark. I mean, we do go to the (Capitol Theatre), I have no issue with them going there, but I like the fact that this is now going to be open either before the show or after the show. Or she can come hang out with her friends.”

Another positive of the new shop and its location, Boone-Isherwood said, is that if she and her husband go to a movie at the Capitol Theatre, they can get a coffee and a snack after it's over.

Deborah Hand agrees.

She said the fact that the shop is open late is a great addition to the city’s downtown.

“It’s very nice, very classy,” she said. “I like that the hours are longer and not just during the day so that if you do come to an event at the Capitol you can come for coffee, if there’s an intermission, you can come next door. It’s convenient. Now if they can get some more shops downtown, we’d be all set.”

While Copperccino’s helps fill a void in the city, it also follows Rome Mayor Jacqueline Izzo’s vision for the downtown revitalization, along with a broader improvement to the feel of the city since she took office.

“It’s always a coffee shop that’s fit into the overall vision of the downtown area,” she said in a previous article about the shop. “It’s going to be very important if we move people down here — which most likely we’ll end up with two more apartment buildings there. There’s also a need. People that are attending events at the Capitol Theatre or coming out of the movies have nowhere to go.”

The coffeehouse received a $25,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties for the purchase of restaurant and coffee equipment, which helped make it possible.

Rome Main Streets Alliance Executive Director Michael Brown said many people thought the organization received money from the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, but that’s not the case. The grant from the Community Foundation is the only funding that helped Copperccino’s open.

Brown said the coffee shop itself has created 10 jobs already — two of which currently are filled by students at BOCES — and by the time the market is open and the whole plan is executed, the whole project likely will have created between 35 and 40 new jobs in the city.

Contact reporter Samantha Madison at 315-792-5015 or follow her on Twitter (@OD_Madison).