In the heart of Summerside there’s a coffee house that goes beyond the typical caffeine fix. Samuel’s Coffee, a charming coffee house and bistro, has become a local institution since opening its doors in 2011. What started as a lifelong dream for Moyna has blossomed into a community hub that not only serves delicious homemade meals but also acts as a gathering space that is central to the heartbeat of Summerside.
The journey of Samuel’s has been a tale of passion, perseverance, and community building. The dream of owning a coffee shop first sprouted in Moyna’s 20s, but it wasn’t until her 40th birthday that she embarked on this fulfilling journey. The goal was clear – to create a space that resonates with the culture and history of the community, where people could come together for various purposes, from studying and meetings to simply seeking comfort and companionship.
Starting small with specialty coffee and baked goods, Samuel’s has now grown to three locations with up to 40 staff members at times. The success story is not just about serving excellent coffee and food; it’s about becoming an integral part of the community. Samuel’s operates year-round in downtown Summerside and expanded its reach by opening a seasonal location in Avonlea Village in Cavendish in 2015.
Reflecting on the journey, Moyna acknowledges that a business is only as successful as the community allows it to be. In Summerside, Moyna saw not just a business opportunity but a chance to fill a void in the community. At a time when many downtown businesses were closing, Samuel’s opened its doors and, in turn, played a part in the rebuilding, growth, and development of downtown Summerside.This is not just a coffee house; it’s a place where stories are shared, friendships are formed, and the community comes together, one cup at a time. Here’s to many more years of brewing connections and being proudly Summerside born.