Albion police chief, school resource officer team to open coffee shop in downtown

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 October 2021 at 8:56 am

Dave Mogle and Chris Glogowski partner in The Coffee Joint

Photos by Tom Rivers: Chris Glogowski, left, and Dave Mogle opened The Coffee Joint on Friday at 59 North Main St. The two are longtime members of the Albion Police Department.

ALBION – Dave Mogle and Chris Glogowski have worked together for years in the Albion Police Department.

Glogowski said Mogle, the Albion police chief, encouraged him to pursue a career in law enforcement about a decade ago.

The two are friends and enjoy a good cup of coffee. They also have entrepreneurship in their blood.

Glogowski encouraged Mogle to team with him in opening The Coffee Joint at the HeBrews 5:9 location. Jim Nowaczewski opened HeBrews 5:9 in Albion about a year ago and last month opened a second HeBrews shop in Medina.

“Jim had a very good client base,” Glogowski said. “He is a very personable guy.”

Dave Mogle, left, and Chris Glogowski get a new batch of coffee brewing on Saturday morning.

Nowaczewski is shifting to focus on the Medina location, which has more space.

Glogowski and Mogle noticed how HeBrews brought people downtown, and gave people a place to connect in Albion.

They didn’t want to see the community lose that. On Friday they opened The Coffee Joint. Initially the hours are 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. seven days a week. They expect to stay open until 2 p.m. and add soups and sandwiches to the menu.

Mogle was busy Saturday morning getting coffee for customers. He welcomes the change of pace from his full-time job as police chief.

“This is a relief from my other job,” he said. “I come here and have fun. It’s nice to be out in the public.”

His wife Amber owns the Roots hair salon on East Bank Street and is co-owner with Courtney Henderson of Sweet Chic, also on East Bank. Mogle’s father, David Mogle, also owns DK Autobody in Albion.

Mogle said he has been friends with Glogowski for about a dozen years.

“I got him into law enforcement and he got me into coffee,” Mogle said.

Glogowski is well known in Albion, especially at the school district. He has been Albion’s school resource officer since February 2019. His father and grandfather own a surveying business in Brockport.

He was thinking about doing a coffee shop, but was expecting it would be post-retirement. But then the opportunity came up to take over the spot at the HeBrews location.

Glogowski said running the business is a way for Mogle and him to show their appreciation for being able to work in Albion.

“This community has been very supportive of law enforcement,” Glogowski said. “We want to give back.”

The two will be at The Coffee Joint on weekends. During the weekdays, the site will be run by Heidi Peterson, who worked at Burger King in Albion for more than a decade.

The Coffee Joint will have its grand opening this coming Saturday. Besides coffee, the offerings will soon include chai, blended ice coffee and espresso, with soups and sandwiches to follow.

They are brewing coffee from Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters. They also moved the bar to open up more room.

“It is more open so people can talk,” Glogowski said. “That’s the whole point of a coffee shop.”