Paul Harrison started drinking coffee when he was seven years old, in his grandmother’s kitchen. Coffee had been at the center of his life ever since. He was sitting in his old office one day, thinking about how much he wanted to have his own business. He was also thinking how much he’d really like to have a good cup of coffee. Paul's wife, Julie, had the sense to see that these dreams weren’t mutually exclusive, and suggested opening a coffeehouse. And they did. In January 2005, The Little Dog Coffee Shop opened its doors.
The Next Chapter
Hello Brunswick! We are Mason and Caroline Palmatier, and we became the new owners of Little Dog in January 2019, fourteen years after Paul and Julie first opened the doors. We moved to Brunswick after we saw how welcoming and supportive this community was toward small businesses. We quickly agreed that Brunswick was the place we wanted to work, to play, to grow, and to call home forever. Little Dog has always been a place for the community to gather, and we will continue to provide a high quality neighborhood cafe for every person that walks through our doors. We are very excited to see where this new adventure takes us, and want to thank you for your continued support and encouragement. Please say hello next time you visit us at the Little Dog!
The Little Dog Coffee Shop sits on the corner of Maine and Bank Streets in Brunswick, ME. It’s a big space, with twelve-foot high ceilings, local artist exhibitions, and huge storefront windows that invite sunshine in. We seat about 50 people at tables, chairs, booster seats, and comfy sofas, and, as soon the weather warms up, we spill onto the street as a sidewalk café.
Everything we do and serve at the Little Dog is on display. What we brew, bake, grill, or pour is all right in front of our customers. The description we hear most often about the Little Dog is that it’s a warm, friendly place. We believe, and hope that we live up to our mission statement, which describes Little Dog as ‘an easy and familiar space, where everyone is welcome.’
What We Serve
Our coffee and espresso beans are roasted in Portland, Maine, by a certified organic manufacturer that directly sources only sustainably farmed green coffee beans. We are extremely proud of how we brew and pour at the Little Dog. We regularly train and educate ourselves to the current and highest brewing standards.
Food has become a big part of the Little Dog, with a menu that evolved organically. If you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, or an afternoon sweet treat, we make, bake and serve it right here, every day.
Who is the Little Dog?
The original Little Dog was Otis — once Paul and Julie committed to the small, local business life, they tossed around many names for the cafe. Their criteria was simple — easy to remember and without an agenda. Otis had a big heart and welcomed everyone, and these traits seemed to embody everything the coffee shop was meant to be — a place with a big heart where everyone was welcome.
Mason and Caroline have a little dog of their own — her name is Tallulah, though she goes by her nickname "Tally". She joined the family on Christmas Eve 2015, and has been a sweet, silly, adventurous pup since day one. If you see a little dog around the coffee shop (but not inside, due to state health codes) that looks like a mini-version of a black lab mix, that's Tally! She loves meeting new people, ask for an introduction and she will gladly welcome a new friend. And while you’re in the neighborhood, come by the shop, sit with your favorite drink or snack, stay a while, and enjoy the Little Dog.