Locally owned ‘The City Coffeehouse’ now open in 1850s-era farmhouse

Shop opened ‘softly’ and is gearing up for Jan. 3 grand opening in former home of Clara Weisenborn

Credit: Laura Vlieg

Credit: Laura Vlieg

An independently owned coffee shop has opened in an 1850s-era Huber Heights brick farmhouse once owned by the late state legislator and journalist Clara Weisenborn.

The City Coffeehouse, 4940 Chambersburg Drive, is in soft-opening mode and serving customers as it gears up for its grand opening on Jan. 3, according to the shop's founders, Whitney Caudill and Danius Williams.

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The new coffee shop will pause for the holidays, shutting down Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 24-25, and closing again on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. But it is open today, Monday Dec. 23, until 6 p.m. Its normal hours will be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, closed Sundays.

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“We really want the community to know how appreciative we are for their support,” The City Coffeehouse founders said in an email. “For their overwhelming kindness and appreciation for the space and feel that this special house offers.”

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The farmhouse, built in 1850, was once owned by a trailblazing community activist who served as a journalist for The (Dayton) Journal Herald and a Republican state legislator in the Ohio General  Assembly for 20 years. Weisenborn died in 1985 at age 77. Weisenborn Junior High School in the Huber Heights City Schools is named in her honor.

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“The house is so special to us, and we are extremely honored to work towards upholding the amazing legacy of Clara and the many families who called this house home,” the coffee shop’s founders said.

“We really want the community to know that the reason we created The City Coffeehouse is so that all would have a place to call home. A place where people of every background, age, religion, and race to come gather, sip a wonderful cup of coffee, and enjoy the beauty that lives within these walls and this awesome community ... . Our hope is that the house will create a culture of community and connection with those who come to visit.”

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Earlier this year, when plans for the renovation were approved, Huber Heights Assistant City Manager Scott Falkowski said the city “is excited to see the opening of The City Coffeehouse, embracing the history of the area, converting the old Weisenborn farmhouse into a coffee shop. The mission and the drive of the owners really shine. They are very community-minded and will be a big asset here.”

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Caudill and Williams will soon begin booking gatherings such as baby showers, parties and perhaps small weddings, as well as public events, the coffee shop's founders said. For more information, email eventsthecitycoffeehouse@gmail.com or check out the coffee shop's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thecitycoffeehouse.

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