Things We Love: One Shot Coffee

If you live, work, or play in Northern Liberties, chances are, you’ve heard of or frequently visit One Shot Coffee, located at 217 W. George Street, run by wife and wife team Melissa and Rebecca Baruno.

A Brooklyn, NY native, Melissa dreamed of opening her own coffee shop after working at cafes in Connecticut and New York. While working in an accounting office, she began to search for possible locations up and down the East Coast. She saw a listing on Craigslist for a space in Liberties Walk, jumped on it, and relocated to Philly.

She brought a little bit of Brooklyn with her, proudly serving up Stumptown Coffee (roasted in Red Hook, Brooklyn), but embracing what Philly had to offer, as well: “People here are very dedicated to the things they love, which makes for very dedicated customers,” explains Melissa. “Philly is also the land of opportunity right now. You can come here, open a business, buy a house, and be a part of a community.”

Melissa (left) & Rebecca Baruno (right)

Melissa met her wife, Rebecca, on the Moshulu during a (yes, you guessed it) Big Gay Boat Party. The two had one date, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Now, the pair works together to continue the success of One Shot – and while working together has its advantages, it can also get challenging at times, the couple explains: “We have had to set rules about not talking about work when we’re home, and sometimes the conversation does slip in. But in the end, we are a strong team together, and this business counts on the both of us to work together.”



One Shot recently rolled out their fall menu, which features items like Baked Eggs, cooked in a wide-mouth mason jar with tomato sauce, a touch of cream, Parmesan, spinach, and topped with Merguez sausage and a French Baguette (drool), and a Fall Quinoa Salad with roasted beets, apples, onions, cauliflower, and sweet potatoes (pictured right).

And the best part? One lucky reader has a chance to win a $25 gift card to One Shot! Perfect for you to take a date or a book or your dog and relax in the beautifully designed two-story cafe. Simply leave a comment below this post telling us what YOU love about One Shot Coffee, and you’ll be automatically entered to win!

To learn more about One Shot Coffee, visit

*For one additional entry, follow @Phillesbian on Twitter and leave an additional comment below noting you are following. Please make sure you have a valid email address associated with your username. Contest is open to all residents of the United States. Entries close on September 30, 2012, at 3 p.m. Winner will be notified Monday, October 1, 2012.


  1. Deann Mojado says:

    I love One Shot for its variety of delicious offerings. Every time we visit there is always something new to try. I love the changing burrito specials, but my favorite dish is the Jailbreaker. I also love all the different creative drink specials, from Thai Iced tea to Nutella Mochas. Last weekend we were happy to partake of the Girl Scout cookie themed drinks – I had the Tagalong and my boyfriend had the Thin Mint. Yum! Keep up the good work, ladies!

  2. Sarah H. says:

    I love one shot for the awesome atmosphere. It’s my favorite place to take new friends for great coffee and conversation.

  3. Natasha says:

    What a beautiful story of love and adventure and food! I look forward to taking my girlfriend (and possibly our puppy) over to One Shot and becoming part of their community. : )

  4. RK says:

    The best coffee in town. Fresh and delicious food. Great atmosphere – chill and comfy. Friendly baristas. Love this place!

  5. Emilee says:

    New to the city. Never been here, but this article has just added One Shot to my list of places to visit. Love your story. Should prob keep my eyes peeled for the next Big Gay Boat Party because I am so very single.

  6. Janeane says:

    Love their Mexican Lattes! A bunch of my friends live over by One Shot and are constantly telling me about their amazing food, and showing me pictures of egg dishes in mason jars. #Extremejealousy Send me there so I can have pictures of mason jar wonders too!

  7. Janeane says:

    Also following you ladies big time – @jjjaneane 😉

  8. Crystal says:

    I love sitting outside of one shot on Sunday mornings knitting and having brunch with my girls! The coffee is so good, and the chicken and the egg dish is the bomb dot com! This place just rocks my world.

    Thanks, dolls!

    p.s. I followed on twitter.

    Good luck!!


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