What We Stand For

Excellent Customer Service: People who come to Fresh Start deserve to be part of an excellent customer service experience, not a business transaction.

Specialty Coffee & Beverage: Our baristas hand-craft beverages using high quality products.

Made-From-Scratch Baked Goods: Our desserts, pastries and bread, start with basic ingredients like flour, water, sugar, and salt. Baking in this way is an art and the quality is obvious from the first bite.

Quality Food & Elegant Catering: Fresh ingredients make our sandwiches, salads, soups, and catering look elegant and taste amazing.

Our Purpose

Why We Exist – Community

We are in the people business. Fresh Start exists to provide the people of Delaware and surrounding communities with exceptional experiences through interaction and quality products. Food & drink and community are inseparable. It brings us together, shapes our memories, and empowers our communities. Bonds with loved ones become stronger, and strangers feel like strangers no more.

Our Vision

How We See The Future – Destination

We see Fresh Start as a destination spot and an anchor within the overall experience of Historic Downtown Delaware, Ohio, a resource for people wanting to learn about coffee culture and the art of made-from-scratch baking, a place of belonging that creates advocates and raving fans, and a support to other businesses and the business community within Historic Downtown Delaware, Ohio.

Since 2016

About Fresh Start

After moving to Delaware in 2002 with my wife, Leigh, and two children, Joshua and Ryan, I spent more time commuting to Columbus than in my own hometown and was missing out on the revitalization that was happening in Delaware, especially in the Historic Downtown community.

After 25+ years in auditing, accounting & financial management, I needed a “Fresh Start” from sitting behind a desk and was looking to start a business that would allow me to connect with the people and the community.

Seeing the need for a made-from-scratch bakery, Leigh and I set out to bring high-quality pastries and desserts to the people of Delaware and surrounding communities. We then partnered with award-winning local coffee roaster, Crimson Cup, to complement the bakery with equally high-quality coffee, tea and other drinks. Thus, Fresh Start Café & Bakery was opened in July 2016.

Todd C Daughenbaugh



Kitchen Manager

“My name is Heather and I am the Kitchen Manager and have been with Fresh Start since 2019. I was born and raised in Delaware and graduated from Buckeye Valley high School in 2014. I received my degree in Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry from the Art Institute of Ohio- Cincinnati. I started baking at a young age with my mom where I developed a love for it and the
joy it brings. I enjoy testing and alternating new recipes as well as creating cute, festive themed
desserts for holidays and parties.”


Barista Manager

The Barista Manager is responsible for leadership, customer service, teaching, training, and team adherence to overall quality. Through leading by example, they will make sure that everyone on the team of baristas is consistent and working to the same high standards. A lot of energy is focused on guest engagement and over-the-counter interaction; helping to connect the customer to the right product is vitally important and a major factor in customer retention. The Barista Manager also plays a key role in drink development and bringing new beverages/products to menu.

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General Manager

“Hello! I’m Abbie and I am the General Manager of Fresh Start and have a huge passion for coffee and people. I love how food and coffee brings people together and can create lifelong friendships. I also really enjoy making art, participating in theater, and playing games with friends and family. Fresh Start has become a second home for me, and I love being part of the Delaware community. I look forward to meeting you!”