Breaking bread is more than splitting an everything bagel with a friend.
Rooster Joe Coffee & Co., dreamt up and established by Coldwater natives Michelle and Joe McClurg, does serve bagels — but accomplishes so much more in doing so.
Like any gem, Rooster Joe is tucked away, nestled in on Sycamore Street in Coldwater, Ohio. It’s modern, yet features all the best parts of a well loved home: wooden floors, natural light, a comfy blue couch and long table to share coffee and a meal with family (and those who are not yet family, but will certainly come to be).
Inside you’ll find an eclectic mix of people. Those getting work done, chatting with a friend, discussing ideas and grand plans and those who’ve stopped in for a moment to breathe, all demonstrating a desire for communal space, and of course — a good cup of coffee.
Above all, Rooster Joe Coffee & Co. highlights community. Well-wishes in the form of plants with cards offering a Congratulations! to Joe and Michelle find space wherever they can. Baristas smile and chat with customers who comment on how beautiful the eatery is. Desserts are brought in from Calico Cafe and baked goods travel a short way from RISE Bakehouse in Logan County, Ohio.
Breaking bread is certainly more than sharing a bagel, and carries implications of friendship, coming together and meaningful connection. Rooster Joe Coffee & Co. is sure to become the living room of the Coldwater community.
Photography by Jesse Darland