Opening Soon: Trails End Cafe
A new cafe will be opening over the next couple of weeks inside the historic Cynwyd Station building and its owners hope to make it a cozy spot where everyone is welcome.
Julia Barol and Tracy Katz plan to open their new Trails End Cafe May 31. The name comes from its location at the start (or end) point of the Cynwyd Trail.
“We really want to create a community hub here,” Barol said in a recent interview as the pair were setting up the shop.
The idea for a community hub comes from the other business the women already have been doing together: Barol and Katz run an education consulting business called Transition Consults that specializes in helping those with disabilities make seamless transitions, such as from school to work. Part of their business is working to ensure those with disabilities are included into activities.
“People with disabilities have been segregated in workshops, in day programs and institutions and not really included as part of the communities they live in,” Katz said.
“So we want [the cafe] to be a place where anyone is welcome,” Katz said.
As home office workers, the women hope to attract to the cafe other home workers who might want a different place to set up shop from time to time. “We work from home and we want other people who work from home to be able to collaborate,” Barol said. “We recognize the value of talking to other people …”
The new cafe will open up at 7 a.m. during the summer and will remain open until dusk seven days a week. The plans for the business will be to have-locally sourced coffee from Greenstreet Coffee Rosters. The company is located in South Philadelphia.
They also will serve espresso, cappuccino and other specialty coffee drinks. There will also be something for the tea drinkers as well as healthy beverages.
Locally made baked goods, yogurts, soft serve ice cream and other selections will be sold.
As they’ve been getting things set up, both women say they’ve been getting positive feedback from those who use the train from Cynwyd Station.
“The commuters are really excited, as are the conductors,” Barol said.
One of the problems in the past was that the Cynwyd Station was known for limited parking. However, new public parking spaces have been opened up in a garage across the street. There’s also a covered walkway going from the new parking garage to the station that takes pedestrians under the bridge at Conshohocken State Road.
Along with catering to commuters and the work-from-home crowd, Barol and Katz also hope to see customers come in who are using the Cynwyd Heritage Trail. Along with plans to have healthy drinks they will have a filtered water fountain that trail users can use to fill up their water bottles or have a cup of water for free.