Rosemary Wilson, who started Flower Coffee Collective with a friend. Photo by Lindsey Max

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Flower Coffee Collective

Stay-at-home parents Rosemary Wilson of Silver Spring and her friend Joseph Perez, who lives in Takoma Park, were looking for something new to do. So in February 2021, they teamed up and bought a 1960s Nomad camper off the internet, hauled it from West Virginia to Maryland, took it apart, rebuilt it and had it painted. The result, completed in July, is the Flower Coffee Collective, a colorful food truck that sets up shop most mornings in front of El Gavilan restaurant in the Long Branch neighborhood of Silver Spring. Painted by local artist Halsey Berryman, the vintage trailer has been transformed into a cheerful spot to order an espresso (made from Vigilante Coffee Co. beans) or a pastry (from local bakers, including El Arbol del Pan, just up the street). Flower Coffee Collective also makes pop-up appearances in nearby neighborhoods and can be hired for private events. Wilson says she has received an “overwhelmingly amazing response” and that she constantly gets thanked for opening: “I always said this community needs a coffee shop.”

Flower Coffee Collective, 8805 Flower Ave., Silver Spring, flowercoffeeco.com