Live music reaches college students on Main Line

By Gianna Shikitino
September 3, 2009

Shannon Keough

Looking for a coffee shop to hang out at that is different than Starbucks? Then MilkBoy Coffee Shop is the place to go.

This student-friendly coffee shop has a relaxing environment, providing free Wi-Fi internet service and free shows.

With two locations on the Main Line, getting coffee can be more enjoyable without waiting in those long lines with nowhere to sit and relax.

Originating in Ardmore, Pa. in 2005, MilkBoy got its name from MilkBoy Recording in 1994 by musician and recording engineer, Tommy Joyner.

Shortly after, a smaller shop opened in Bryn Mawr, connected to the historic Bryn Mawr movie theater.

Selling more than just coffee, the MilkBoy Coffee Shop serves a wide variety of breakfast and lunch.

Both shops are known for their free live acoustic shows, which are open to the public.

The MilkBoy Coffee Shop have been voted The Best of Life 2007 and 2008 for Best Coffee House for Main Line Life Reader’s Choice. The MilkBoy main stage is located in the Ardmore shop and the Bryn Mawr shop holds the acoustic cafe.

Just like Cabrini, MilkBoy in Ardmore has Open mic nights.

The sign-ups are free and are requested before 6 p.m. of each show.

Shows are weekly and anyone is eligible to sign up via phone or by walking in. Monthly calendars are available online at

“We have great food and good coffee and the open mic nights are great for aspiring musicians,” Gillen, server at MilkBoy in Ardmore, said. “The shows give the aspiring musicians a chance to play with professional musicians.”

These coffee shops accommodate students with a quiet atmosphere that makes it easy for them to study and read.

“We get a large number of college students that come in with their books and laptops and feel comfortable to relax and study in here, knowing that they aren’t in an overcrowded area,” Gillen said.

“The environment is chill,” Lisa, manager of MilkBoy in Ardmore, said.

“A lot of coffee shops don’t have much space and constantly want people to keep moving. Here we have a good amount of space to accommodate our customers to make them feel welcome to stay and kick back,” Lisa said.

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