New shop brings a ‘basic necessity’ to Cedar Grove

Couple set off on their own with ‘koffie’ house that fits right in with village’s Dutch heritage

KOFFIE TRADER OWNERS Emily (left) and Shayla Trader opened the coffeehouse in downtown Cedar Grove on May 8. The couple worked in the coffee and food industries for the past decade and finally decided to start their establishment to become their own bosses and serve java to residents. Photo by Sam Arendt
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

There’s a new coffee shop in Cedar Grove. 

Albeit, it’s the only one in town and owners Emily and Shayla Trader said it’s about time.

“Having a coffee shop in the community is pretty much a basic necessity,” Emily said. “The Cedar Grove community seems to really love us and we have heard people say that they needed a coffee shop close to home and they are glad that we are here.”

Koffie Trader opened at 100 S. Main St. on May 8. Emily said she understands Cedar Grove’s roots are based in Dutch culture, which lends to the namesake of the coffee shop.

  “This is a Dutch town and ‘koffie’ is how coffee is spelt in Dutch,” she said.

The couple said they wanted to start their own business after working in the coffee and food industries for a number of years. Emily previously worked in campus dining at Concordia University Wisconsin, Sendik’s grocery store and was also a manager for Jimmy John’s in Sheboygan. 

Shayla worked at nearly all of the Fiddleheads Coffee locations for six years. Shayla also works full-time as an art teacher at Oostburg Elementary School and wants to make the coffee shop her summer job.

“I’ve ran a bunch of people’s businesses for the last 10 years. It’s really been a goal to open my own some day,” Emily said. “Everything fell into place and we decided to follow our dream of being business owners.”

The coffee shop is one of several reincarnations the building has gone through in its history. It was originally a grocery store then bakery and most recently a dollar store.

Emily said the landlord split the building in half to have a laser-engraving studio.

“This building has a lot of history and a variety of businesses inside. It’s pretty interesting when you think about it and we are glad to add to its legacy,” she said. 

In addition to serving java, the shop also offers ice cream, smoothies and paninis.

“We have a little bit of everything because there isn’t a whole lot in this town, so we wanted to make sure we have a lunch menu and do everything to get as much business as possible,” Emily said, noting she plans on offering soup in the fall.

With its central location in downtown Cedar Grove, Emily said, she expects more patrons this summer. She added the coffee shop is approximately 150 steps from the Cedar Grove Interurban Trailhead bicycle path and she expects more riders to frequent her store this summer.

“We are already starting to get a lot of bicyclists and we hope more come our way,” Emily said. “We hope our spot becomes a destination for the bikers.”

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