In September 2021, Molly Starcher opened The Little Dipper Café & Bakery on Winthrop’s boardwalk; for two years she and a small crew prepared and served spectacular sandwiches, soups, salads, and baked goods out of it.
Last August Starcher shut down The Little Dipper for four months in order to launch her second café: The Big Dipper, a made-to-order breakfast and lunch stop located on Second Avenue in Twisp, across from North Cascades Bank.
Starcher put The Little Dipper on the market last fall and “got a few bites,” she says, but nothing panned out. “That feels like a blessing now,” Starcher says. “I just reopened The Little Dipper last week and it feels really good to be back in there.”
Starcher is keeping things manageable by only operating The Little Dipper on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., which dovetails nicely with The Big Dipper’s schedule of being open every day except Thursdays. Starcher she says she plans to add another day or two to The Little Dipper’s schedule soon.
She has also reorganized her systems and prioritized her offerings at The Little Dipper. “I’ve simplified and streamlined everything,” she says. “I just went back to the basics.”
With two cafes in her purview — as well as a custom cake business — Starcher says her life is “a little bit crazy,” but she is happy to be able to feed Methow Valley residents and visitors in two welcoming spaces.
More information about both Dippers, as well as Starcher’s custom cakes, can be found at https://littledipperwinthrop.com.