Our Story

Born and raised in Northern Virginia, I spent most of my life in Woodbridge. In school I became interested in business and later became passionate about graphic design. Alongside my full-time gig, I worked as a freelancer with dreams of doing it full-time. I was so tired of being a slave to my commute. For two decades I commuted to the DC-area, spending 3-4hrs a day in my car. 

I was with my ex for almost two decades and we started a family late in our marriage which ended too soon. Our first born child died tragically at 26 days of SIDS. Years later we had another child. We both had strenuous jobs and this took a toll on our relationship. In 2016, I chose to leave the marriage, retaining custodial support of our child. It was tough. It was a new world socially. I made mistakes yet the strides I made were big ones that will stay with me forever.

August 2017, at the brink of giving up on online dating, I met Christian. A single father of two. An amazing chef and DJ. A broken soul like my own. Our connection was instant. Our life goals aligned. On our first date we talked of owning a business. Our second date led us into the coffeeshop that we now own. The universe was our guide and the signs were abundant. Every day – the right place at the right time – we met individuals who guided us to the right resources for bringing our dreams to life.

Christian has struggled with sobriety. At a young age, he turned to heroin as a coping mechanism for trauma. Drug abuse is rampant amongst chefs. Christian lost both of his parents to cancer years apart yet years before he himself became a parent. The 10-year relationship with their mother, also an addict, was strenuous and yet they stayed together for the children. They ended their relationship and Christian began a path towards recovery. At the brink of giving up again, he reached out to his children’s mother, also on a path to recovery and now living in Fredericksburg. She bought Christian a bus ticket and he immediately checked into a men’s shelter, entered a Methadone program and obtained work. He managed to balance everything while stepping in to watch his boys while their mother worked.

and so it was

Katora was born

My then boyfriend and I chose to rescue our favorite local coffee shop – High Point Coffee – after they announced they were going out of business. We learned the news one day (12/9/2017), called the necessary influencers day two (12/10/2017) and day three (12/11/2017) we opened the shop. Katora Coffee was born!

After a large corporate layoff and an emergency spinal surgery – we took all that we had to assume control. At the heart of our coffee shop, we are a blended family with 3 amazing children. My 401k kept us afloat with personal expenses and helped us to secure business permits, make lease deposits, pay payroll and purchase inventory.

At the foundation we support healthy living and offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dining. We are the only downtown cafe to be 100% vegetarian and this is something we NEVER plan on changing. Our plant-based milk options include almond, soy, coconut and oat… and we’re always testing new ones! We offer organic espresso, cold brew and single-origin drip coffee. All medium roast! Our organic loose-leaf teas are sourced from Adagio and Royal Tea New York.

We are most proud of the acceptance that we’ve received at such an accelerated rate within this town – from local businesses, students, entrepreneurs, stay-at-home parents – we are regularly told “we need you.” There is nothing more fulfilling than that!


615 Caroline Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

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