Funkstown shop offers coffee, antiques and more

December 13, 2010|By JULIE E. GREENE |
  • Angie Pettersen is co-owner of The Coffee Station, Antiques & More at 106 E. Baltimore St. in Funkstown.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

Funkstown has a new coffee shop, bookstore and antique shop — all in one.

The Coffee Station, Antiques & More opened in late October at 106 E. Baltimore St., in the same building as Valley Antiques & Uniques, said shop co-owner Angie Pettersen.

The shop has indoor and outdoor areas where customers can sit and enjoy beverages or some of the shop’s sweet treats. The shop also offers free Wi-Fi.

Business has been going well, with more people initially coming through the doors for the coffee and specialty drinks such as lattes, cappuccinos, smoothies and mochas, Pettersen said.

The shop’s co-owners are hopeful that people will look around and see what else the store has to offer.

Inside are several rooms of antiques, including many primitive or country-style antiques.

Books are on display in various areas, with most of the books in one of the back rooms. There are paperbacks and hardbacks, fiction and nonfiction, collectibles and children’s books, including Dr. Seuss and First Little Golden Books.

Pettersen and co-owner Bill Eichelberger used to have four booths of antiques, that went by the name Timeless Finds, at Valley Antiques and Uniques, they said.

Eichelberger proposed a business combining the sale of coffee, books and antiques, which Pettersen agreed was a good idea.

Eichelberger has experience in the food business, as he was the original owner of Bentley’s Bagels, which used to operate in downtown Hagerstown.

He served as Pettersen’s mentor when she started a personal-assistance business six years ago, Pettersen said. Most of that business’ calls were for transportation, and Pettersen and Eichelberger ended up starting a transportation service, Time Advantage, almost six years ago, she said.

The business, which serves mostly as an airport shuttle and transports people to nonemergency medical appointments, is still going strong, Pettersen said.

Eichelberger said The Coffee Station’s name refers to the location’s history, as it used to be a gas station. Cars would pull into the area that is now the outdoor patio. Some marks in the concrete show where the pumps used to stand, he said.

In addition to selling antiques and books, the business also will buy them and will sell antiques on consignment, the owners said.

The Coffee Station is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The shop can be reached at 301-393-3665.

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