2018 Solomon Awards

Design & Construction

Ragamuffins Coffee House

Ragamuffins Coffee House was started by Redemption Community Church. The coffeehouse operates as a business during the week and the church uses the building on Sundays for worship.


WFM Staff  ·  January 11, 2018

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Ragamuffins Coffee House was started by Redemption Community Church as an opportunity to reach the local residents of Laurel, Maryland. 

Realizing that their old facility sat empty six days a week in suburban neighborhood, the church purchased a historic building on Main Street in Laurel in order to better connect with people and contribute to the revitalization of the downtown district.

The church’s main priority is to be a place for the community and for fellowship in the neighborhood.

The coffeehouse operates as a business during the week and the church uses the building on Sundays for worship. They brew locally-roasted coffee, sell locally-sourced pastries, and they have teamed with local Christian potters to make all the mugs and plates used in the coffeehouse.

The building is also available for community groups to use for meetings, yoga classes, game nights, and music performances. 

The name “Ragamuffins” is derived from a book entitled “The Ragamuffin Gospel” by Brennan Manning. The book describes members of the church as “bedraggled, beat-up, and burnt-out” that are recipients of God’s love and grace.

As a response, the coffeehouse was designed to be a comforting place for people to gather, slow down, and relax.

The ground level has a variety of seating arrangements, including a large ‘community’ table to facilitate different sized groups or lengths of stay.  The lower level is quieter and provides a place for larger groups to meet.

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