Meet the Team
Two 1982 Wildwood High graduates who reconnected after 30 years say you’re never Too old To follow your dreams and start your own business.
Karen Buckingham and Mike Johnson decided instead of retirement why not start a business together?
Both Buckingham and Johnson went to Wildwood High, but now both live in Cape May Court House. Their love for life and having a good time sparked the idea for a new business venture in the still-growing craft beer industry.
The story began when Buckingham hired Johnson to cater a private party. After rave reviews from her guests on his BBQ, Buckingham had several other parties catered by Johnson’s Anglesea BBQ. This was the start of a friendship between Buckingham and her husband and Johnson and his wife. They began hanging out and having a few beers together. After a few visits to many different regional breweries, and after having sampled Johnson’s home-brewed beers, Buckingham came up with the idea of opening a brewery with Mike as her brewer.
Buckingham was convinced that Mike’s beer was ready to be made available to the public. She searched for months for the perfect location for the brewery in their hometown. She finally found the perfect location on Indian Trail Road. Right offof route 9, and on a major road into the Wildwoods, the location is easy to access for locals and tourists alike.
Buckingham has extensive experience in customer service, and although recently retired she spent the last 4 years teaching in local schools. Retirement didn’t really suit her because she’s always seeking something fun and exciting to do. Buckingham is extremely excited about the launch of COHO Brewing Co.
Johnson is a retired North Wildwood police officer and started Anglesea BBQ catering after retiring from the police department. Before catering, he competed in BBQ competitions for over a decade and won multiple awards for his food and sauces. He has been hard at work over the last year putting the same effort into perfecting his beer recipes.
Buckingham and Johnson are excited about their new venture. The name COHO came about because of its location in COurt HOuse and as homage to Mike’s 25-year career in law enforcement. COHO will feature unique beers in a very relaxed environment, where the brewery can be viewed from all areas of the tasting room and bar in a very industrial but inviting setting.