"You want a big glass of whole milk to go with a slice of cake. If you're going to indulge, do it right," he said.
They keep plenty of homemade cheesecake, brownies and cookies on hand.
Pettigrew-Burns said her sales positions prepared her to open her own business. "I learned what worked and didn't work in business. I could tell if a business would succeed or fail when I stopped on sales calls," she said.
Both Crow and Pettigrew-Burns are passionate supporters of the West Side and nearby renovations and business initiatives. Ms. Groovy's Cafe & Catering sits alone in a narrow building just west of Edgewood Drive that most recently housed a bakery.
"It really feels like a neighborhood around here. The boys who live behind me come in most days after school. They race each other to get here first and take out the trash for me because I give them a treat," she said.
Pettigrew-Burns lived on the West Side for 15 years, and Crow lives in his grandmother's West Side home. They both remember businesses that used to thrive along Washington Street West. He hopes other business sprout up along with longtime staples Charleston Department Store, Kelly's Men Shop, Young's Department Store, Pile Hardware and Fountain Hobby.
"I'm a true believer that people will travel for good food. I'm think this part of town is itching for good stuff," she said. "The West Side is a blank canvass at this point. Just a few people could make it interesting."
Mrs. Groovy's Kitchen, 709 Washington St. W., is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 304-400-4829 or visit www.msgroovyskitchen.com.
Reach Julie Robinson at jul...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1230.