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Leesburg Coffee Shop Owners Close Doors, Open in MD

Shoes Cup and Cork Club owners will focus on new sandwich shop in Frederick, Md.

Shoes Cup and Cork Club, a favorite coffee shop among locals, closed its doors over the Christmas holiday, leaving empty what had become a favorite spot next to Lightfoot Restaurant in downtown Leesburg since it opened there in 2009. 

But the owners, Ed and Jane Shihadeh, have plans for another store over the river: They're opening a new sandwich shop in Frederick, Md.

The shop, called Philly Rabe's, will be located at 241 N. Market St. in Frederick.

In a phone interview with Patch, Ed Shihadeh said the new shop will feature Philadelphia old world-style sandwiches, much like the ones he and his wife enjoyed while growing up in the Philadelphia area. 

Shihadeh said they anticipate the shop will open by this Monday.

"We decided to move our business to Frederick because we found a great location on Market Street and it seemed like a good idea to open a sandwich shop," Shihadeh said.

The owners had originally wanted to keep Shoes open as well, but said "there is just not enough time in the day for me to keep it open."

Shihadeh has many fond memories of Shoes adding, "it had great ambiance and atmosphere, I hope they are able to get another manager to open it again."

Mike Miller, of SWaN Investors, who manages the building said "so far there is no new information about the space at this time."

What would you like to see in the Shoes Cup and Cork Club space? Tell us in the comments.

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Lynn January 11, 2013 at 01:32 PM
I hope someone else comes in. Such a nice little place. I also hope the new owners have better service at their new location. We stopped going to Shoes because of the slow, and frankly, just not good service. I hate to sound so mean but if I were an owner, I'd like to know this going forward to open another business.
CH January 11, 2013 at 03:21 PM
I would love to see a shoe repair shop cone back with the sandwiches? I miss Arthur!
Chris Sanner January 11, 2013 at 03:40 PM
I'm disappointed that it's empty - but on the whole I think it was a spot with a lot of squandered potential. The employees never got my order right (I stopped going about a year ago, so maybe it got better) an I was always moderately frustrated that they went so far afield for things like muffins, coffee beans, etc. We have bean roasters in Leesburg, lots of bakeries. Why go somewhere that doesn't bring in the awesome local goods? Anyway...just a quibble - I really would like to see it re-open as something very similar to what it was.
Scott Dickinson January 11, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Service was lacking, but ambience was excellent I wanted to love the quirky little shop but parking in garage, walking over and then getting iffy service made other coffee places seem less effort.
Mindy Sawyer January 11, 2013 at 07:21 PM
How about a sandwich shop and a real bakery? We have enough coffee shops in town.
Marcus Aurelius January 11, 2013 at 09:01 PM
Give those traitors the BOOT!
Vineet Aggarwal January 11, 2013 at 09:39 PM
I hope something similar opens...I'll admit that it may not have been the best service in the world, but it was one of the few places downtown where you could get a veggie burger, beer, coffee, etc. all in one place. And, I loved that Secret Garden in the back...
Allison January 12, 2013 at 10:21 PM
When I first started dating my boyfriend we would go there, sit with our coffees, look around and marvel at the history of the place. I later would bring visiting friends there to see the nostalgia of the shoe horns footed at the window seats and the chalkboard walls. Where else in Leesburg could offer this ambience? Shoes, you will be greatly missed by me.

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