Manager Chris Tobin at Clarence and Wendy Weaver’s newly opened C&W Market at the corner of Church Street and Dodge Avenue. RoundTable photo

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The corner of Church Street and Dodge Avenue might feel a little warmer this winter, as Clarence and Wendy Weaver’s newly opened C&W Market welcomes residents, commuters and high school students to its snack shop and ice cream parlor.

Snacks and easy-to-grab foods – signs of the rush to work or school – line the shelves. “We have potato chips, candies and cupcakes,” says manager Chris Tobin, but the thing that’s really got us going is the turkey nachos.”

These are surely snacks for after-school, but even at the breakfast hour the aroma entices. On a counter near the Dodge Avenue window carafes of coffee beckon the customer to a moment of quiet. “Coffee is really big in the mornings,” he said.

A typical day begins with customers on their way to work, said Mr. Tobin. Midday sees high-schoolers coming for lunch or, later, for after school snacks. As evening rolls in, people returning from work may stop by, he said.

Standing behind the cash-register counter, Mr. Tobin, a basketball coach in the Battlecats youth program, is dwarfed by a large mural painted last month by students in Youth Organizations Umbrella as a mutual welcome to the neighborhood.

Mary Gavin

Mary Gavin is the founder of the Evanston RoundTable. After 23 years as its publisher and manager, she helped transition the RoundTable to nonprofit status in 2021. She continues to write, edit, mentor...