Pro-Trump shop to open in Rockland

By Stephen Betts | Feb 10, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts A pro-Trump coffee and gift shop is planned for 325 Old County Road in Rockland.

Rockland — A Camden couple plan to open a coffee and gift shop in Rockland that supports President Donald Trump.

Jestin and Carrie Merchant plan to open Covfefe Coffee and Gifts at 325 Old County Road.

A sign has already been erected and a Trump 2020 flag is flying at the property.

Carrie Merchant confirmed Feb. 10 in a brief telephone interview that they plan to open the coffee and gift shop that will be pro-Trump. After confirming their intent, she said she had no other comment and hung up the phone.

The Merchants purchased the property through their limited liability company 325 Old County Road, LLC in December 2011. The property had previously been the home of Dean's Flower Shop.

The name Covfefe comes from a misspelling by President Trump in a 2017 tweet in which the word was supposed to be "coverage." A Covfefe brand of coffee has been created since then with a logo "Making Coffee Great."

The building has been rented out during the past decade to multiple businesses including Snapdragons Flowers and Gifts and Hops and Chops.

In the 2016 presidential election, Democrat Hillary Clinton outpolled Republican Trump 2,023 to 1,209 in Rockland and 11,797 to 8,283 in Knox County.

Comments (46)
Posted by: Josef Berger | Feb 16, 2020 15:27

What do we do there. Sit around and tell lies?

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Feb 14, 2020 11:58

So, what you're saying, Jamie, is that anything you refuse to believe must be "left wing."  Well, name calling is the last refuge of the ignorant.  Not very "adult" sounding is it.  Or, as it was better said long ago:



"When the debate is lost slander becomes the tool of the losers."  -Socrates



That's trump in a nutshell.  Disagree?



And if I can't copy and paste then what will you use for reference?  Your opinions?  Your imagination?  Fox news headlines?  trump's empty bluster?  Or, like our local cabal of so-called "conservatives, will you just parrot anything trump has said.  Somehow I doubt you could engage in a critical debate all on your own with such limited resources.  After all, a strict diet of "Covfefe" was all they were fed at trump university.  I hear it didn't go down so well.  Bon appetite, all on your own.



"The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant."  -Maximilien Robespierre



"We won with the poorly educated. I love the poorly educated." -Donald Trump, 2016

Posted by: Wyatt Anderson | Feb 14, 2020 11:09

I can't wait to buy a cup!

Posted by: Jamie Swan | Feb 13, 2020 11:16

Tell you what Ronnie, why don't we meet at Covfefe for coffee - on me - and we can discuss it like a couple of adults when you can't copy and paste from the most left-wing sources this side of Leningrad.

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Feb 13, 2020 08:03

This explains so much:


"We won with poorly educated. I love the poorly educated." -Donald Trump, 2016


"Every year since his start as President, Trump has attempted to eliminate funding to libraries, and 2021’s budget proposal tries once more. The 2021 budget proposes to eliminate the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which funds research, offers policy development, and provides grants for museums and libraries, among other roles."


Posted by: Michael Scott Tripp | Feb 13, 2020 07:58

Do trump University grads get a discount?

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Feb 13, 2020 07:47

My only suggestion, be sure to remove your "bernie" hat before ordering coffee.

Posted by: Alana Allen | Feb 13, 2020 06:45

Get a grip folks.

Posted by: Alana Allen | Feb 13, 2020 06:42

Get a grip folks.

Posted by: Gregory M Holmes | Feb 12, 2020 21:10

Wow people are this upset over a trump coffee shop. Can’t imagine what’s will take place when trump wins in November 2020 .  Ps. as wound up  as everyone is  maybe  you should switch to decaf coffee



Posted by: Gregory M Holmes | Feb 12, 2020 21:10

Wow people are this upset over a trump coffee shop. Can’t imagine what’s will take place when trump wins in November 2020 .  Ps. as wound up  as everyone is  maybe  you should switch to decaf coffee



Posted by: Gregory M Holmes | Feb 12, 2020 21:07

Wow people are this upset over a trump coffee shop. Can’t imagine what’s will take place when trump wins in November 2020 .  Ps. as wound up  as everyone is  maybe  you should switch to decaf coffee



Posted by: Gregory M Holmes | Feb 12, 2020 21:07

Wow people are this upset over a trump coffee shop. Can’t imagine what’s will take place when trump wins in November 2020 .  Ps. as wound up  as everyone is  maybe  you should switch to decaf coffee



Posted by: Gregory M Holmes | Feb 12, 2020 21:06

Wow people are this upset over a trump coffee shop. Can’t imagine what’s will take place when trump wins in November 2020 .  Ps. as wound up  as everyone is  maybe  you should switch to decaf coffee


Posted by: Jeff Grinnell | Feb 12, 2020 20:28

As a new business the best thing you can get is people talking about it and making a buzz.....mission accomplished!!

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Feb 12, 2020 18:42

Yes, Jamie, it is the economy but only the stupid believe that trump's numbers mean anything but more lies.  Those numbers hide the reality of today's real economy.


"Let’s call it the Great Affordability Crisis. This crisis involved not just what families earned but the other half of the ledger, too—how they spent their earnings. In one of the best decades the American economy has ever recorded, families were bled dry by landlords, hospital administrators, university bursars, and child-care centers. For millions, a roaring economy felt precarious or downright terrible.


Viewing the economy through a cost-of-living paradigm helps explain why roughly two in five American adults would struggle to come up with $400 in an emergency so many years after the Great Recession ended. It helps explain why one in five adults is unable to pay the current month’s bills in full. It demonstrates why a surprise furnace-repair bill, parking ticket, court fee, or medical expense remains ruinous for so many American families, despite all the wealth this country has generated. Fully one in three households is classified as “financially fragile.


Along with the rise of inequality, the slowdown in productivity growth, and the shrinking of the middle class, the spiraling cost of living has become a central facet of American economic life. It is a crisis amenable to policy solutions at the state, local, and federal levels—with all of the 2020 candidates, President Donald Trump included, teasing or pushing sweeping solutions for the problem. But absent those solutions, it looks certain to get worse for the foreseeable future—leaving households fragile, exacerbating the country’s inequality, slowing down growth, smothering productivity, and putting families’ dreams of security out of reach.”



"A large swath of the Midwest hit decade-level highs in the number of family farms filing for bankruptcy last year, new data shows.


Using U.S. Court records, the American Farm Bureau Federation — an independent organization representing farms nationwide — compiled a report that found farm bankruptcies spiked 20 percent in 2019. That’s the highest increase since 2010, the year after the Great Recession ended.


In the Midwest, it swelled 17 percent from 2018.


For much of the Midwest, it was a staggering difference from 10 years prior.


According to the Farm Bureau, eight of the 10 states whose farm bankruptcies reached decade-level highs were in the Midwest, including Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin."


"A growing sense of inequality is undermining trust in both society's institutions and capitalism, according to a long-running global survey.



The 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer - now in its 20th year - has found many people no longer believe working hard will give them a better life.


Fifty-six per cent of the surveyed global population said capitalism in its current form does more harm than good in the world.


Most employees (83 percent) globally are worried about job loss due to automation, a looming recession, lack of training, cheaper foreign competition, immigration and the gig economy.


Fifty-seven percent of respondents worry about losing the respect and dignity they once enjoyed in their country.


The study also found a growing "trust chasm" between elites and the public that could be a reflection of income inequality, Edelman said. "


“Increasingly, we’re seeing folks who are becoming poor for the first time in old age.”


There's more, Jamie.  With trump there's always more, more lies, more bloated fantasizing, more pompous bragging to cover what he's incapable of understanding.


But you're right, Jamie.  It's the economy, stupid.

Posted by: Jamie Swan | Feb 12, 2020 14:29

Ronald, what I consider winning in this case are actual FACTS, not those fabricated and then foisted upon the American people by House Democrats and people like yourself who are SO embarrassed about being wrong about everything since 11/8/2016 that they are no longer capable of rational thought.  Before you have a stroke might I suggest that you take a look at just a FEW of the actual facts, including but certainly not limited to: 1. Lowest unemployment rate in FIFTY YEARS; 2. Lowest unemployment rate among women on RECORD; 3. Lowest unemployment rate among African Americans on RECORD.

To quote a former president who actually engaged in an adulterous relationship while literally IN the Oval Office: "It's the economy, stupid!"

Posted by: Nina Reed | Feb 12, 2020 11:54

i hate the teflon don that is supposed to represent this country. a man that lies, pays off peoples silence and makes fun of a disabled man.  he has no morals nor dignaty he is a laughing stock to other leaders, hate, yes that me patricia williams


Posted by: Eleanor M MacDonald | Feb 12, 2020 11:39

It,s disheartening to know that there is so much hate in Rockland.  This  coffee shop has  given them something to focus there  hate on.  I am looking forward to meet this couple who are starting a new business and wish them well. Eleanor Mac Donald

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Feb 12, 2020 11:18

You call this "winning," Jamie?




The smart businessman who went broke running casinos.


The loving family man who had sex with and paid hush money to a porn star. ("In 2008, Hannity Said: If You Cheat On Your Spouse, You’ll Cheat On Your Country") (“A man who commits adultery is morally unfit to be President.  For the nation to move on the president must move out.”  -Mike Pence)


The humanitarian who embezzled funds raised for kids with cancer.


The master negotiator who shut down the government and got nothing in return. ("A shutdown falls on the president's lack of leadership.  I mean problems start from the top and they have to get solved from the top.  A shut down means the president is weak."  -Donald trump, 2013)


The patriot who dodged the draft five times and praises our enemies.


The "transparent president" who hides his taxes, his school grades, and his business records.


The "hard working" president who has spent more time playing golf than any other president in history.


Benghazi Investigation:


72 months long.


0 indictments.


0 guilty pleas.


Hillary Clinton testified for eleven hours.


Russia Investigation:


14 months long.


23 indictments.


5 guilty pleas and prison sentences


Donald Trump testified for zero hours.


Trump Foundation - shut down for fraud.


Trump University - shut down for fraud.


As of March 2019 - 17 open investigations for corruption.


“A  people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims...  but accomplices.”  -George Orwell


Posted by: Jamie Swan | Feb 12, 2020 09:30

Trump was correct with at least one of his predictions because clearly Ronald, Francis, Ananur and others are already tired of winning.

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Feb 12, 2020 06:37

"If I win I may never see my property -I may never see these places again... But because I'm going to be working for you, I'm not going to have time to go golfing, believe me, believe me, believe me, folks."-Donald Trump, August 2016



[ truhm-puh-ree ]

noun, plural trump·er·ies.
something without use or value; rubbish; trash; worthless stuff.
nonsense; twaddle: His usual conversation is pure trumpery.
Archaic. worthless finery.
of little or no value; trifling, worthless; rubbishy; trashy.
falsehood, trickery, nonsense, rubbish, malarky, trash

Posted by: Lee H. Marshall | Feb 11, 2020 19:42

Anybody opposed to Trump Coffee should feel free to open a Hillary Roasters or any other coffeehouse celebrating your politician of choice.


- Lee D. Marshall

Posted by: Linda L Post | Feb 11, 2020 18:58

I see the haters are showing their true colors! Disgusting!

Posted by: Marcy Hamann | Feb 11, 2020 15:51

Some don't have any morals these days.

Posted by: Robert Stark | Feb 11, 2020 15:08

Typical. Camden dumping it's garbage in Rockland.

Posted by: Helen H Silk | Feb 11, 2020 14:51

Guess Rock City Roasters will continue to get my business when I'm in the area.

Posted by: Priscilla Ann Shepherd | Feb 11, 2020 14:43

Good Luck! MAGA

Posted by: Jeffrey L Zurkow | Feb 11, 2020 11:17

Unsold property, failed businesses, clever marketing ploy?  Watch for a GoFundMe campaign raising money to shut it down.  A good nuisance can have cash value.

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Feb 11, 2020 10:58

It's all about money. People that are not living week to week only care about their pocketbooks. We are leaving our children and grandchildren with an insurmountable debt. This isn't about Hillary, that ship has sailed. For whatever reason good people support a man that has fleeced others for years, I don't know.

Posted by: ALBERT E COLSON | Feb 11, 2020 08:19

I guess people prefered Honest Hillary had got to be the president . lol.   Joan

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Feb 11, 2020 07:36

Considering trump's record the coffee will be fake, the water toxic, the gifts and baked goods all shipped in from China, the (undocumented) help will earn less than minimum wage, the financing from Deutsche Bank (care of Putin), and the tip jar and charity jar will all go into trump's pocket.   Obviously these people were educated at trump "university."

Posted by: Nina Reed | Feb 11, 2020 07:30

maybe if you are a woman and trump is in the house, you may get a free goose. patricia williams

Posted by: Ananur Forma | Feb 11, 2020 07:10

I wonder what the thought is about Trump's plan to cut medicare and medicaid and food stamps?

also Trump's plan to cut money for cleaning up hazardous waste?

I would like to see it be illegal to have money in offshore accounts for the wealthy people can do that, and keep money in the USA to be taxed like the rest of us have to obey.

Do they discuss things like this at Trump Lovers coffee house?


Posted by: Lawrence Edward Galkowski | Feb 11, 2020 06:02

Good luck in an apparently hostile environment.

Posted by: Nina Reed | Feb 11, 2020 03:03

maybe it is a hoax or fake news or its real and you can go there to mock disabled people. patricia williams

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Feb 10, 2020 17:22

Wonder if they sell Trump toiletries.

Posted by: Bill Packard | Feb 10, 2020 17:03

Apparently nobody from Warren will be stopping by to check it out.

Posted by: Kendall Merriam | Feb 10, 2020 16:58

Will the Trump lies be free with a second cup of coffee?

Posted by: James Clinton Leach | Feb 10, 2020 16:23

Nice couple,  I’m all for New businesses staring up in town, Good luck to you both...

Posted by: David J Rockwell | Feb 10, 2020 16:16

Don't like bad coffee, will stop elsewhere.


Posted by: Town of Warren | Feb 10, 2020 14:56

Will they carry bump stocks too?


Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Feb 10, 2020 14:55



Posted by: Pam Leach | Feb 10, 2020 13:48

It’s April fool’s.. right??

Posted by: Timothy Wayne Scott | Feb 10, 2020 12:40

Pretty sad......

Posted by: Laurel E Taylor | Feb 10, 2020 11:51

Too funny


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