It was 1868. Freeport was growing rapidly, and a new businesses opened near the corner of Stephenson Street and Chicago Avenue. On the street level was the shop of McNamara & Daniels, suppliers of boots, shoes, rubbers, and gaiters. On the second floor was the studio of William Kasten, a practitioner of the new art of photography. Eventually, a new building replaced it, put up in 1882.
Over the years, the property at 9 East Stephenson Street was the home of several shoe stores, a cafe, a computer company, and a book store. In 1989, when the building was over 100 years old, Brenda and Casey Myers brought a new business to the space.
The Peoplephoto credit: Dreibelbis + Fairweather
Brenda and Casey had been together since high school and moved back to Freeport from New Mexico in 1986, when Casey finished his enlistment in the Air Force. They were looking for business opportunities and purchased the 9 East building. In 1989, they opened The Turning Point, a Christian bookstore. It was a popular destination for 13 years, but they decided it was time to move on to other projects.
The new tenant going into the Turning Point’s space was a coffee shop called Java Monkey, so some renovations were in order! Unfortunately, they didn't make it.
But Brenda saw that the location was ideal to offer great service to the downtown business community and their customers. So in 2005, 9 East Coffee opened its doors.
We don't just want to give you great food and America's best coffee, we want to give you an experience that makes your day better. In a world that's running to catch up, we want to give you refreshing relaxation.
Come enjoy lovely weather from our outdoor seating, or choose from a table or lounge-style seating in our cozy and charming interior. We're intimate and quiet enough to let you catch up on emails, and naturally, wi-fi is free, but we are also large enough that you can seat a whole table of friends for a chat or meeting. And it goes without saying that the drinks and prepared treats will be out of this world.
While you're with us, be sure to visit our Pretzel City store, where you can find dozens of cool souvenirs and clothing items, honoring our city, while many of the items are exclusive to us. Community pride is always in fashion!