“I’m simply honored that we were able to serve our neighbors for nearly a decade.”

– Ben Hoyer, Founder of Downtown Credo

Ben Hoyer has closed his original Downtown Credo coffee shop in College Park.

Downtown Credo (Facebook | Website) opened nine years ago at 706 W. Smith Street [GMap] as a pay-what-you-want experiment to pay farmers what they’re worth – Hoyer told us that 90 percent of what he spends on his beans goes directly to the farmers now. The model proved popular with creatives and developers at a time when there weren’t many coffee shops in town and Credo quickly grew to have locations in Church Street Exchange, The North Quarter, and in Ivanhoe’s Health Village at AdventHealth.

As Orlando became a fairly saturated coffee scene in recent years, Hoyer’s original shop was feeling the pressure and faced with the hardships of the pandemic, he made the decision to shut down the College Park shop to focus on his remaining locations at AdventHealth and the North Quarter Market. The staff from the College Park location will be spread to those two shops.

Credo has partnered with local designer Lake Fairlane to produce a series of limited edition memorabilia inspired by the College Park coffee shop which are available HERE for purchase.

Credo Conduit, a co-working arm of the coffee shop, is still operating in the North Quarter at 1001 N. Orange Avenue [GMap].

Brendan O'Connor

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