December 7, 2022
This Issues Topics:
2022 • Business Connections • Centralia • Dawn's Delectables • December • Downtown Centralia • eat local • shop local

It will be a decade next April that Dawn has been serving up fresh Delectables in downtown Centralia. Dawn’s Delectables has taken home the ‘Best Dessert for Lewis County’ award for 2022, making that seven out of nine years she has taken home the award. The saying ‘Stop in for dessert, and stay for lunch’ rings true in this establishment! 

Dawn Merchant on the left with part of her team

After serving in the military for nine years in the United States Air Force, Dawn Merchant, owner of Dawn’s Delectables, got her start in the catering industry in 1998. Her business first got started in Maryland, before opening her location in 2013 in Centralia after she moved back to the area. The menu started with cold sandwiches, then added hot sandwiches, later that year homemade soup and she kept building and expanding with menu items –  and square footage. In 2017 Dawn’s Delectables had their first expansion into what is now their middle area, and in 2019 added the Coffee Corner. It really is a family endeavor as Dawn’s two sons work with her in the restaurant. Jamar works as the General Manager and Cameron works as a Barista. 

What started as a small sandwich shop has expanded to be a community gathering place for local patrons. “The main reason I moved back home was to be a part of the community. Be a part of something bigger than myself. I wanted to create a warm and cozy gathering lounge.” comments Merchant. Not only is the atmosphere inviting, but all the delicious delectables definitely drive in diners.

Stop by for dessert, lunch or coffee, at Dawn’s Delectables located at 204 North Tower Avenue in downtown Centralia.

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