Business Spotlight: Frederick Coffee Company & Cafe

Business Spotlight: Frederick Coffee Company & Cafe

Photo by Natural Artistry Photography

Frederick Coffee Company & Cafe has been a staple of East Frederick since 1991. Sitting on the corner of East Street and East Church Street, Frederick Coffee Company & Cafe (or “Coffee Co” as many locals say), offers more than just a cup of coffee to your liking; it offers a sense of community and a meeting place for all. From 9 months old to 90 years old, you’ll encounter all walks of life at East Frederick’s longstanding coffee shop. 

Get to Know the Biz

Mike and Terri Winder of the Winder Company are celebrating their 9th year as the owners of this local gem (congratulations on this accomplishment!). In addition to Coffee Co, the Winder’s own three other businesses on East Street (Frederick Fudge & Ice Cream, Shab Row Tea Emporium, and Good Juju, where you can find vegan eats and fresh juices), and one business on Market Street (The Pasta Palette). 

Mike and Terri Winder, owners of Frederick Coffee Company & Cafe, Frederick Fudge & Ice Cream, Shab Row Tea Emporium, GOOD Juju, and The Pasta Palette. Photo courtesy of https://www.fredericktea.com/

“We are happy to offer a comfortable, welcoming place to meet your friends, hold a quick meeting with a client, an affordable family place, a place to grab your morning beverage of choice to get you on your way.  Our mission is to serve proudly and be the best we can be for our customers,” Mike shares. 

When asked about what Mike is most proud of in their work, he explains: “The jobs we provide to young people, many students — many just out of school but all in need of making a living while they get to the next phase in their lives. We are not looking for career baristas, we want to be a bookmark in their lives while they grow. I am also proud of how many of them keep contact and how they refer to this job still as a great one!” 

A friendly, welcoming community. Photo Courtesy of Coffee Co’s Facebook.

East Frederick Shining: Shab Row & Everedy Square 

Coffee Co is a shining example of successful sustainable development and building revitalization. What we see today was originally constructed in the 1950s as the Sinclair gas station, and then went on to be the town’s first video rental store, furniture store, and a biker hangout, to name a few (photo below). When Mike became a resident on Third Street, he learned about the building on the corner of East and Church Streets. One thing led to another and he quit his retail job of 23 years. He’s now been an East Frederick business owner for 15 years. 

The original structure of Coffee Co in the 1950’s! Photo courtesy of Coffee Co’s Facebook.

Mike tells us that his favorite part about East Frederick is hands down Everedy Square & Shab Row:  “The work Bert Anderson (the property owner) has done here over the last 40 or so years has been tremendous. He works hard alongside a dedicated crew restoring one building at a time.” The small cabin that the Winder Company uses as an office in Shab Row was actually bought from a farmer in the county, disassembled, and then reassembled log-by-log in the 80’s. This collection of these original log cabins give the neighborhood a special charm, even more so when they are covered in lights during the holidays. 

Frederick Coffee Company is proud to be a member of the neighborhood. “You won’t find better landscaping any place downtown. You won’t find this much free parking anywhere else downtown, and you won’t find the commitment to cleaner sidewalks and open spaces,” Mike comments. 

Vision for East Frederick 

When asked what hopes he has for the future of East Frederick, Mike shares: “Growth and Connectivity. There is lots of opportunity to the north of us to put in sidewalks and to revitalize a few buildings. To the south of us to develop the old Brickworks property off of South St. Also maybe someday we could connect to Patrick St in a more inviting way by using the Post Office facility that corners Patrick and East.” 

Visit Frederick Coffee Company & Cafe

If you haven’t been yet, it is certainly a must when in Frederick. Stop by to try some hot or iced coffee, or a wide variety of lattes, teas, smoothies (our personal favorite is the flavored coffee of the day or a vanilla chai latte). They offer a breakfast menu all day with fresh bagels, as well as a full menu of sandwiches, paninis, salads, soups, and a delicious pastry case. The environment is perfect for a coffee date, club meeting, solo reading or work session, taking a meal to-go — you name it. You can even hear live music on Fridays and Saturdays. 

Visit Coffee Co at 100 N East Street (on the corner of East Street and Church Street), Monday through Thursday 6:00am to 9:30pm, Friday and Saturday 6:00am to 10:00pm, and Sunday from 7:00am to 8:00pm. Free parking is available in front of the shop as well as behind (accessible from both Church Street and Patrick Street).

It’s always a good time for coffee! Photo courtesy of Coffee Co’s Facebook.