Business Spotlight: Walnut Street Coffee
Small businesses and the people who own and work in them are the heart of our Edmonds community. To keep our downtown thriving, it’s more critical than ever that we think local first.
In this new series, we will be highlighting independently-owned businesses, and learn more about the folks that make them run!
Meet Pam Stuller from Walnut Street Coffee
What is your favorite part of your business?
I have 3! Our customers, our delicious coffee and my amazing team.
Why did you start your business?
After a decade in corporate Human Resources, I left the 9-5 world to help a friend of mine open a coffee shop in Seattle. I ended up working there and fell completely in love with the art of making a great cup of coffee. I love people and creating community and there is no better field than coffee to be surrounded by both.
Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
At the time my husband and I began dreaming of opening a coffee shop in Edmonds (over 15 years ago!), there was no local shop where we loved the coffee or the environment—so we always headed towards Seattle to grab a cup. We figured we couldn’t be the only ones looking to find “our” neighborhood coffee spot.
What is unique about your business?
I think it’s the combination of great espresso (roasted by Espresso Vivace!) and a genuinely happy crew serving it up. We also have a fun, playful environment that offers a welcome contrast to the dark, grey days of our area winters.
Why should people do business with you?
We care about the environment and our community—from minimizing our footprint in our area landfill by using compostable cups and pastry bags to donating to lots of local organizations and schools. We want our values in social justice, our planet’s future, and being a great place to work to be more than just words.
What are you currently doing differently during this time?
We’ve really focused on creating the safest environment for our team and customers, so we always have the door open for extra circulation and our HEPA air purifier on. We’ve also added an awning and heaters outside so you can still enjoy your coffee at Walnut. And we’ve brought in some fun new brewing equipment and introduced a “grab and go” fridge with kombucha, Columbia Gorge juices and Ellenos yogurt to provide more fun options for our regulars.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
After college, I got in my pickup and spent a couple months hiking and camping solo through the western states. There are so many beautiful places out there, and I can’t wait to head out and see more. To that end, my husband and I recently finished building out a camper van from scratch—complete with a solar system to run our heat, lighting and power our kitchen. We even have running water!
Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
We love Edmonds and are so honored to be part of this vibrant, resilient business community.
Walnut Street Coffee
410 Walnut Street
Years in business: 14
Photos by Matt Hulbert