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Coffee shop opens on Public Square

Skyline Coffee owner brings big-city experiences to Hagerstown

Skyline Coffee owner brings big-city experiences to Hagerstown

January 16, 2008|By JANET HEIM

It took living in London and Brooklyn, N.Y., before Ashley Haywood could appreciate her hometown of Hagerstown. The 2003 graduate of North Hagerstown High School is now co-owner of Skyline Coffee Co. at Hagerstown's Public Square.

She co-owns the business with her fiancé, Ryan Wakefield, a teacher at South Hagerstown High School. Haywood said she put herself through college and supported herself afterwards by working in coffee shops and restaurants.

Haywood returned to Hagerstown and was contacted by the City of Hagerstown about running a coffee shop where the Square Cup Café had been.

"It was a no-brainer for me," she said.

Haywood chose the name to reflect bringing her experiences in bigger cities back to her hometown.

"Big city amenities with a small town feel," is how Haywood described her business philosophy.

After a three-week renovation ? which included new hardwood floors, the addition of mosaic tile countertops and a fresh coat of paint ? the shop opened for business.

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Haywood said every day it gets a little busier. Her mom, Geri Haywood, has been helping out until they hire staff, which should be shortly.

The shop features artisan roasted coffees, 36 types of loose-leaf organic and biodynamic teas, daily baked goods, organic fruit and juices and much more.

Skyline Coffee Co. is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Special events will be scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights in the future.

Ashley Haywood said she believes if downtown businesses are open at night, more people will come downtown and help alleviate the stigma of downtown being an unsafe place.

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