The Willow Tree Café in downtown Towanda has been receiving a positive response from locals since opening on Nov. 13.

Operated by co-owners Donna White and Virginia Pearce, the café offers a wide variety of soups, salads, desserts and sandwiches along with free lunchtime delivery to the Towanda and Wysox area from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays.

White is not a newcomer to the restaurant business.

"I've worked in the industry over 15 years and this has always been my dream; to own my own restaurant ... We wanted to start out small and so far things have been great," said White.

Pearce worked 18 years as the Human Resources Director at Futures Community Support Services in Towanda. Pearce recently received a promotion to Quality Assurance Specialist and holds a masters degree in management. Being new to the restaurant business, Pearce enjoys the learning experience The Willow Tree Café has given her.

"When we first opened, Virginia had never even waited on a table before," joked co-owner Donna White.

The first Friday the café opened for business, it served 90 customers.

"When we opened The Willow Tree, we wanted to make it a point to be open weekends, and offer late hours as much as possible," Pearce said. "This is something not many businesses in Towanda offer, so we felt it was something the community needed." The café is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through

Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The café will be hosting a ribbon cutting event this Friday before the First Friday Downtown Towanda Christmas Parade. Free refreshments will be offered from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. with the Christmas Parade beginning at 7 p.m.. The café will also offer a dinner special for the official opening ceremony.

On Dec. 15, the café is having a "Breakfast with Santa" from 10 a.m. to noon. Santa will be avaliable for pictures and there will be breakfast specials.

The Willow Tree Café is located at 411 Main St. in Towanda. More information can be found by searching "The Willow Tree Café" on Facebook.