Casual Dining

Guardian Angel Café, Bakery, and Gifts

64 Main Street
Cortland, NY 13045

Contact: Sherry Wyant
Phone: (607) 662-0280

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 7 am - 3 pm


The Guardian Angel's menu items range in price from $2.00 to $4.00. Featured items include omelettes, deli sandwiches, and baked goods. The gift shop has ceramics available to paint. Pay just $3.50 to paint for 3 hours. Desserts are also available for special orders: pie, cake, cookies, turnovers, half-moon cookies, cinnamon rolls, sticky buns, brownies.

The Guardian Angel is the only place in Downtown Cortland where you can enjoy a home-cooked meal and get your Christmas shopping done, too! Sherry Wyant made and sold ceramics for 13 years when the Guardian Angel was a gift store on Port Watson Street; 3 years ago she had an opportunity to move her business to the Marketplace Mall on Main Street. Knowing that she would need more than just a ceramics and gift shop to attract customers to the back of the mall, Sherry decided to open a café. All of the food is homemade – “no fast food here” proclaims the café’s sign – but Sherry and fellow cook Wade serve it quickly. The Guardian Angel Café offers a full breakfast menu and traditional deli sandwiches and soups for lunch. Sherry also takes special orders for bread, cakes, pies, and cookies, and the café’s baked goods are so popular that morning’s full case will be sold out by closing time. While you enjoy your homemade meal, take a look at all of the gifts for sale or wander into the next room, where ceramics are available for customers to paint.

The shop’s name comes from Wade, Sherry’s long-time friend. They met 13 years ago, shortly after Wade’s mother passed away. Sherry became a loving and supportive friend to Wade, who calls her his guardian angel. True to form, the Guardian Angel Café and Gifts also offers ceramics painting instruction to groups from the Franziska Racker Center, the J.M. Murray Center, ARC, after-school groups, and moms & their kids. The focus at the Guardian Angel is always on the customers: “everybody is special,” Sherry says, and it is her goal to treat all of her customers as the unique individuals they are. She also hopes to attract more people to Main Street, a process aided by her participation in the annual Pumpkin Fest and the Sidewalk Sale.

When you visit the Guardian Angel, be sure to say hello to Sherry and Wade, sample the scrumptious baked goods, and feast your eyes on the gifts and curios that line the walls. Breakfast is served all day – yet another reminder that this Guardian Angel is here for everybody.

Interview with Sherry Wyant 04-04-07