angela & jeff - owners
This is Jeff and Angela. They have owned Shack Coffeehouse for about 1 year now, button and run many other local businesses. As local West Seattleites, they were thrilled at the opportunity to purchase this locally-loved coffee shop.
Jeff was born and raised in Rochester, MA and moved to Seattle, WA in 1992, planting roots through music, family, and various business investments (including building a small coffee/baked-goods empire). He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting & Business (and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Mathematics), and he is a drummer in a local rock band, Hobosexual.
Angela was born and raised in West Seattle, attending Schmitz Park Elementary, Madison Middle School, and West Seattle High School, and she holds a Bachelor’s in Business from the UW Foster School of Business. She was one of the first members of a Seattle-based startup called Redfin.com. Here she was in charge of accounting, operations, human resources, legal, and many things in-between. During her tenure, the company grew from one market to 18+, and from 10 employees to over 650. Six years and two kids later, Angela decided to leave Redfin in order to aid Jeff in running their various businesses, pursue a black belt in martial art of Tang Soo Do, and (of course) shepherd their children, Samantha and August.
Other than Shack, the pair own and operate Hotwire Online Coffeehouse and Flying Apron, and are silent owners of Havana Social Club. Combined, the couple employ over 50 people in the area. Jeff and Angela are entrenched in (and constantly seeking) new challenges and adventures with the goal of keeping Seattle truly locally owned.
On top of being badass business owners & investors, they are just straight-up awesome people. Jeff and Angela truly care about their employees and customers, and the Shack crew absolutely adores them.
NICOLE C. - BARISTA & OPERATIONS MANAGER
This is Nicole. She is the general manager at Shack Coffeehouse & Hotwire Online Coffeehouse, and she adores her West Seattle community. She loves being barista and has been making coffee on and off for over 10 years. Although she loves to travel, Nicole realizes that PNW is her home. It's where she was born and raised! She is a University of Washington graduate with hopes of continuing on to grad school, possibly law school. On her days off, she loves walking her dog Blitz, watching football, backpacking, and her new found love: CrossFit. CrossFit plays a huge role in her path back to fitness, and has given her a new love for picking up heavy weights.
Lauren d. - Barista
This is Lauren. She moved to Seattle 4 years ago from New York to pursue a master’s degree in nutrition. Though this is her first barista gig, she has been falling in love with the science of coffee, and even more so with the community surrounding Shack & Hotwire. Lauren enjoys hiking, biking, and mountaineering during her off-time. Studying botany for her undergrad, she also has a love for plants— especially bryophytes and lichen. Come on in and let her know where you are hiking this weekend!
MAIA - BARISTA
This is Maia. She’s a teacher, student, barista, animal lover, yogi, adventure seeker, and novice skier. Making coffee got her through college 6 years ago and she’s excited to be back at it again! After graduating from WWU in 2012, she went traveling and was lucky enough to call Costa Rica and Australia home for 6 years, only to find herself back in her true home, the PNW. You’ll find her most days surrounded by energetic kindergarteners and 1st graders at a local elementary school, and on the weekends making coffee or exploring Seattle and its beautiful surroundings. She looks forward to meeting you all, having a chat, and becoming part of this community!
PATIENCE K. - BARISTA
Patience has been a barista for about 3 years, and she’s lived in West Seattle her entire life. You can often catch her knocking things over behind the bar because she is the (self-proclaimed) clumsiest barista ever. She loves being a barista because she gets to interact with so many amazing people, and she loves to see all the awesome drink creations they come up with.