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Cozy coffee shop just opened in this historic 1800s building

Cozy coffee shop just opened in this historic 1800s building

Sav McKee

This past year, we’ve seen multiple new coffee shops open in Columbus, mostly in newly constructed builds. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, there’s something particularly special about a coffee shop opening in a quaint, 1880s building that used to serve as a gas station at one point and a bait and ice cream shop at another.

Coastline Coffee Company is holding their soft opening this week at their new space, located at 7775 Dublin Rd., Delaware, OH. Owned by a mother & daughter duo, Elizabeth and Kim Hampton have transformed the space into a bright, airy cafe, keeping true to the original structure of the building, but just making it their own, with a forest green ceramic coffee bar and wooden cafe tables. Notably, it appears they’ve kept the huge, original windows.

Renovation, via Coastline Coffee’s Instagram

Stay tuned for their grand opening party, but for now, you can visit this new coffee shop 7 days a week, 7am-5pm, with the exception of Christmas Eve, which will be open 8am-12pm. They specialize in coffeehouse favorites, with syrups like Blackberry, Caramel, Cherry, White Chocolate, Gingerbread, Toffee Nut, Hazelnut, and more.


But how did a coffee shop end up taking over a historic building that was once such a hot commodity? Matt and Jessie Lehner, the owners of the building (but not the coffee shop!) have an affinity for old, historic buildings, especially ones they visited for scoops of ice cream as children.

When the Lehners saw the historic was available for purchase, they knew that it would be quite an undertaking, but that this building deserved a revitalization.

Photo of the historic market at 7775 Dublin Rd. via

One of the commercial spaces serves as a pick-up spot for Jessie’s small business, The Board Charcuterie, and the other space is Coastline Coffee Company.

“We asked the community what they wanted it to be…and a lot of people said they’d love to see a coffee shop in that space,” Jessie explained. And so, this historic community staple is remaining a community hub.

If only buying and renovating a historic market was that easy, though. “We knew going into the purchase of the building there were quite a few environmental concerns,” said Jessie. When this space operated as a gas station, the underground petroleum storage tanks were left open and unsecured.

Fortunately, the Lehners were able to secure a $1 million Brownfield Grant, where they’ll work with Phoenix Environmental to remove the storage tanks, conduct groundwater/soil testing, and make this space safe for the community once and for all. 

“We’re excited to maintain the integrity of the old building,” remarked Jessie. “This market is part of the community – [the renovation] is something that needs to get done. No one was responsible to get it done, so we personally felt like it was the right thing to do. Growing up in Dublin and getting ice cream here as a child…well, it’s a full circle for us. We’re bringing it back to life.”

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