FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — 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.
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.
Yesterday new owners of the downtown hotspot known as 9 East Coffee took over. Brian and Alexa Nissen, also owners of Abet Books and Games downtown, took ownership of 9 East Coffee and Catering Wednesday, January 3, 2019.
Stop down and wish them congratulations.
9 E Stephenson St. (815) 233-7300