THE LITTLE DOG TEAM
The Little Dog Coffee Shop is nothing without the skilled staff behind the counter making coffee and good food happen every single day. They show up each morning with one goal in mind: serve great coffee and delicious food. We're pretty fond of the crew and know you are as well. Let's all lift our mugs to these brilliant baristas and gifted bakers.
Caroline and Mason Palmatier, Owners
Calling Little Dog their own since January 2019
What’s the one thing you love the most about running the Little Dog? We love the people! We love our hardworking, fun-loving, brilliant employees that we have the pleasure of working with every day! And we love our customers! We love the diverse community we serve, we love that people from all walks of life find comfort in our little coffee shop. We have always loved hosting friends and family in our own home, and now we get to host people who become like friends and family in our coffee shop... how lucky are we? Also, the muffins. We love the muffins.
Favorite Little Dog Drinks: Caroline goes for cappuccinos and chai lattes, and Mason's current favorite is a maple cortado.
Memorable Coffee Moment: Taking our engagement photos in a coffee shop in Portland. We have always loved the coziness and sense of closeness shared between two people over a cup of coffee.
Our Roots: Mason grew up in northeast Pennsylvania, and Caroline grew up in Northern Maine. She's a County Girl! They met each other while attending UMaine in Orono.
Relocating to Brunswick: We had moved to Southern Maine in 2012, but were looking to settle into a good community with a wide variety of opportunities and thought Brunswick was the perfect place! Brunswick is a thriving community where you can find artistic, theatrical, physically active, hard-working and community-oriented Mainers around every corner. We are very excited and eager to be a part of this community, now and in the future.
We Love Maine: The ocean, lakes, rivers and mountains, the friendly people, the four seasons, and having the space to live your life and be who you want to be.
Dream Playlist: Lo-fi funky jazzy dreampop with Scandinavian influences, if that makes any sense at all.
Secret Talents: Mason has a board game collection that should certify him as an official board game geek, and Caroline is a humble wine connoisseur.
Furry Friends: Tallulah (aka Tally) is our little dog we lovingly refer to as our "permanent puppy" due to her small size (40 lbs) and constant cuteness. Clooney is our giant lazy tabby cat, and yes, Caroline did name him after George Clooney because of his dashing good looks and cool attitude.
Meticulous. Inventive. Genuine.
Behind the counter since 2007
Mark is our amazing savory chef and baker. He puts the pizzazz in our pastries.
Life before Little Dog: I owned my own business, Carter-Williams Design, creating high-end decorative accessories with glass. We sold all over the world.
Dream coffee shop playlist: Classic jazz.
Why do you work at Little Dog: I needed to get away from high-pressure jobs. But then, surprise, it’s a high-pressure job!
Creative. Thoughtful. Kind.
Behind the counter since May 2018
Before you worked at Little Dog, what did you do?
I studied Creative Writing at the University of Maine in Farmington.
Dream coffee shop playlist?
I listen to a lot of rap/hip-hop which would probably be my dream playlist, but I'd also go for some more chill R&B or ambient music.
"If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I'll bet they'd live a lot differently." - Calvin, Calvin and Hobbes (I love the quote so much it became my first tattoo!)
Hardworking. Creative. Kind. Quiet.
Behind the counter since August 2018
Favorite Little Dog Drinks: My favorite hot drink is a vanilla peppermint latte and my favorite cold drink is a blueberry mocha.
Furry Friends: I have a tiny dog named Rusty who is ten years old and still very energetic and loving. My two cats are Finnick and Osiris and they’re big cuddly kitties with great personalities. And I also have a bunny named Bunzo who is honestly just adorable.
Secret Talent: Cats love me.
Dream Coffeeshop Background Playlist: I love all sorts of music so it would really depend on the day!
Intuitive. Thoughtful. Loyal. Diligent.
Behind the counter since September 2018
Why I Work At Little Dog: Working in downtown Brunswick. Between the morning regulars, afternoon Bowdoin students, and everyone in between I think I've got a good picture of all the awesome people who live, work, or otherwise pass through my favorite small town.
Secret Talent: I know all the dialogue to the Emperor's New Groove. I'm not allowed to suggest this movie on movie nights, because I end up talking (and laughing) during the entire run-time. "Oh, all right, a quick cup of coffee, THEN TAKE HIM OUT OF TOWN AND FINISH THE JOB!"
Inspirational Quote: "All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant's revolving door." -Albert Camus
Behind the counter since 2018
Traveler. Climber. Dog-lover.
Behind the counter since October 2018
Dear Customer, You Must Try This: Chocolate chip cookie. Everyone loves a classic.
First Coffee Memory: Seeing the steam come out of my mother’s yellow coffee mug, and smelling the amazing aroma.
Life Before Little Dog: I was an au pair in Stockholm, Sweden.
Furry Friends: Nellie is my very empathetic dog, and PeeWee is my weird cat.
Prized Possession: A necklace given to me by my grandmother, that was her grandmother’s.
I like dogs.
Behind the counter since October 2018
Favorite Little Dog Drinks: Spicy mocha breve or cider chai.
First Coffee Memory: Making a pot of coffee in the morning with my mom.
Life Before Little Dog: Studied economics and business management at Goucher College.
Furry Friend: Branson the bunny, he is such a sweet heart and loves to watch movies!
Dream Coffeeshop Background Playlist: 70's pop!
Energetic. Maverick. Loyal.
Behind the counter since January 2019
First Coffee Memory: The noise of my dad’s coffee grinder, and the smell of Eight O’Clock Coffee brewing.
Furry Friend: Alice is a chihuazer. She goes with the flow, wherever her people go—sick in bed, hiking, or driving 3,000 mi in a moving truck.
Secret Talent: It’s a secret.
When I’m not at Little Dog, I’ll be: Mom-ing, hiking, on road trips, outdoors, and day-dreaming.
Creative. Sassy. Androgynous.
Behind the counter since February 2019
Furry friend: Kiah, or Little Cloud, as I call her, is my partner's samoyed mix rescue pup. She is a walking, boofing cloud of fluff with the goofiest smile.
Secret Talent: I make costumes and cosplay. I'll talk your ear off about costume details if given the chance. Once, I spent nine hours hand-beading one costume piece.
Coffeeshop Playlist: Electro swing is good for every occasion.
Life Before Little Dog: I worked at a Dunkin’s in Mass, a bit outside of Boston to be specific. It was a much different and much louder vibe than here.
Favorite Little Dog Drink: Double cortado with soy and a pump of vanilla.
Behind the counter since February 2019
Furry Friend: A cat.
Secret Talent: I always have Altoids in my car.
What I love about living in Maine: The rocks.
Most Prized Possession: Black velvet lounge pants.
Dream coffeeshop playlist: Pink Floyd.
Inspirational quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. -Wayne Gretzky.” -MICHAEL SCOTT.
Empathic. Artistic. Intense.
Behind the counter since March 2019
Furry Friend: I haven't had my own pet in awhile, but I'm partial to cats and other small mammals like rats.
Secret Talent: I'm very into painting :) wouldn't say that's a secret though. . . My crystal collection.
Coffeeshop Playlist: All post punk and pop punk from the early 2000’s.
Life Before Little Dog: I was at Wild Oats for 2 years! I needed a switch up. Before then I had done volunteer work on organic farms in the southwest.
Favorite Little Dog Drink: Iced almond milk mochas.