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Edmonds' oldest espresso bar gets a revitalizing facelift

The oldest espresso bar in Edmonds is about to get a revitalizing facelift. The Waterfront Coffee Company sits just steps away from the Edmonds Ferry Terminal and one of the area's best beaches, Brackett's Landing. Filled with low-tide explorers in the summer, winter scuba divers and Edmonds residents out on a daily walk, the area around The Waterfront Coffee Company is always bustling, even in the chill of winter. Opened in 1996, the Waterfront Coffee Company has been a community staple ever since.

Haley Goldie and her father Greg Goss, are the new owners of the Waterfront Coffee Company, purchased in September of 2020. With an emphasis on family, high-quality local goods and highlighting just how special the Edmonds area is, the two are getting to work on improvements to the city's oldest espresso bar. Keeping the name, the shop will soon have a new logo, fresh paint inside and out, a few interior upgrades and will feature art from local artists selling their work.

Everything at the Waterfront Coffee Company has local roots. Order a coffee, and you'll be drinking espresso that was roasted on Whidbey Island by Mukilteo Coffee Roasters. The ice cream comes from the family-run Snoqualmie Ice Cream in Snohomish, and the pastries are all local, too. Goldie said that taking ownership of the Waterfront Coffee Company amid the COVID-19 pandemic put an even stronger emphasis on supporting local businesses.

"We're all trying to come together and work as a team," Goldie said of choosing local vendors. "Seeing how hard the times have been, whoever we can bring on to help that's local, we want to do as much as we can to support each other."

While taking over a coffee shop during a pandemic may seem daunting, Goldie and Goss knew they didn't have a choice. Buying and running the Waterfront Coffee Company has been a dream for the duo for years.

"It was such a rare opportunity," Goldie said. "We've been looking for a few years for a place, and this is a pretty unique location. Our whole mentality was if we're gonna do it, we're gonna do it, and we're gonna go head first."

Although not many patrons are sipping torched white chocolate mochas inside right now, Goldie and Goss see plenty of regulars stop by and only expect that to increase as the weather improves.

"This area is a pretty hopping corner being so close to the beach," Goldie said. Selling a special kids-size cone with sprinkles, the Papos Cone, Goldie and Goss have noticed the kids (and adults) aren't waiting for summer to enjoy ice cream. Cooped up inside and learning virtually, the Waterfront Coffee Company serves as a retreat for both parents and kids to grab a treat before heading to the beach for some fresh salty air.

With scuba divers and sand buckets coming in and out of the shop, sweeping up sand is something Goldie and Goss are happy to do, fulfilling a lifelong dream of running a family business in Edmonds.

Edmonds' Waterfront Coffee Company is open daily from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. for beach-side coffee, ice cream and baked goods. Dogs are always welcome, especially those fans of whipped cream. Check out the shop's Instagram for info on specials and upcoming events.