#ToledoMe: Maumee couple bakes and brews up new business

MAUMEE, Ohio (WTVG) - Earlier this month a new coffee shop opened up in uptown Maumee. It's more than just coffee - it's a bake shop and even features local live entertainment.

The businesses that line Conant Street in historic uptown Maumee have changed over the years to keep up with the times. For example, it used to be an old billards hall, recently it was a computer store, and now it's home to Brew House Coffee & Bake Shop.

Nathan and Erin live just a few blocks away. The couple co-own this new shop.

"We're pretty Ying and Yang," said Nathan Warren.

Nathan knows about coffee. He's been in the business for a decade. He's wanted to run his own place for years. Erin loves to bake - her specialty is cheesecake.

"Everybody loves them," said Erin Smith.

With their complimentary skills, they felt it was time to go for it and open something new where they live. An eclectic, historic, open space.

"We saw the brick walls and we just fell in love with it," said Warren.

It's unrecognizable from the computer repair store it once was. Everything is new from sidewalk to sidewalk. Walls were knocked down and a kitchen was installed.

"Something a little bit more comfortable. Not as commercial as everybody is used to around here," said Smith.

So far - business has been steady thanks to all of the support from the neighbors.

"It's nice because we are so close to home. We have a huge support group around here since we know a lot of the locals," said Smith.

The coffee is from a local roaster: Maddie and Bella. All of the baked good are made in house by Erin. Local bands take stage here to perform and open mic night is Wednesday.

"When I was younger we always hung out at a coffee shop so I kind of want to give the same thing for the kids to do that. They have somewhere to go after school rather than uptown Maumee. [It] is more for adults at night so I want to give them a nice place to hangout and talk," said Warren.

For Nathan and Erin, town pride brews here.

"We love Maumee and we wanted to make it kind of a more thriving area with the business," said Smith.

If you're out and about in uptown Maumee and looking for a new spot to get that morning cup of Joe or maybe you like something sweet - like cheesecake, you can get that homemade at Brew House Coffee & Bake Shop.