In the small arrogantly shabby town of Pawleys Island, you can now find a carefully handcrafted espresso drink, freshly brewed coffee, and homemade pastry for your morning commute or a relaxing afternoon. Blended Coffee Company is a locally owned café that is adding a caffeine kick to the sleepy seaside town. The concept was born from local business owners wanting to introduce a unique coffee experience to the community. Their mission is “experience coffee in its purest form and delivery with a little something for everyone.”
The unique experience begins as soon as you walk through the door. The cold brew tower and rustic aesthetic make it perfect for a casual discussion over coffee or meeting the deadline on your next project. Personalized table-side service is provided with a siphon pot or french press while being educated on coffee culture.
Coffee culture is the social atmosphere surrounded by the consumption of coffee. Coffee is meant to be enjoyed during stimulating conversation and creative interactions. The sense of community and comfort are directing customers towards local coffee shops more than ever.
Blended takes pride in using 100% Kona coffee from a multigenerational estate from Cherry Hill Estates in Hawaii for their fresh cold brew. The espresso beans are sourced from Café Britt in Costa Rica to provide the smooth satisfying taste that is sure to perk you up in the mornings. To round out your perfect cup, make sure to try one of the delicious pastries such as the blueberry muffin, chocolate espresso brownie, red velvet cookies, and many more savory options.
Satisfaction is guaranteed as you are greeted with smiling faces and friendly personalities eager to accommodate your caffeine consumption. Are you not sure of what you want? Someone will be glad to suggest a drink or sweet treat suitable for your taste. Personally, it is a goal of mine for a local shop to know my order before I say cream, no sugar (I accept compliments in coffee).
Local coffee shops depend on support and love from their community. It is the place where you meet your best friend for a study session, take your afternoon coffee break, or sit in solace to reflect and ponder that next life decision. Supporting local means you are invested in the well-being of your community and its future.
Stop by and visit Her Majesty the Queen (their fancy espresso machine) Monday through Friday 7 am to 2 pm and Sunday 10 am to 2 pm.
In between Murrells Inlet and Surfside Beach, there is a small town named Garden City Beach. Garden City Beach is the perfect spot to catch a wave, stroll the pier, and drink a delicious iced coffee while you stick your toes in the sand. For two years, Garden City Coffee Grounds has provided beachgoers with their caffeine rush and a freshly baked pastry.
The cool beach breeze and the crisp salt air are the perfect atmosphere to sit back, relax, and drink your morning coffee. They offer a variety of drinks including their famous Garden City white chocolate mocha with caramel, chai tea, or a classic cappuccino. Enjoy a fresh scone with your drink or choose from their breakfast and lunch menu. You can’t go wrong with a breakfast croissant or chicken salad sandwich.
Located at 117A Atlantic Ave in Garden City it is within walking distance of the pier and the beach. Open from 7:30 am to 4 pm for the summer it is perfect for early birds and catching that afternoon pick me up. If you are in the mood to enjoy breakfast or lunch on the beach, call ahead and pick your order up on the go.
On the walls, you can see how high the water rose during Hurricane Hugo and other storms of the past. Most recently, Hurricane Florence struck in 2018, but a few feet of water will not dampen the spirit of shop owner Matthew Hutton. Moving from Pittsburgh to Garden City was a dream come true for Hutton when he was given the opportunity to open his own coffee shop.
Hutton and his family grew up coming to Garden City and wanted to make life a vacation all year long. “Locals and visitors always come in with a smile on their face and are ready to just enjoy their day,” says Hutton. No drink is off- limits, and they are happy to cater to your taste with fresh gourmet coffee beans. Make sure to visit Garden City Coffee Shop all year long and appreciate your local businesses.
If you love the mountains and live on the east coast, you have probably heard of a town in North Carolina named Asheville. Twenty-minutes away there is a quaint little mountain town called Black Mountain. It is the type of place you go to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. The small downtown is full of locally owned shops, cute dogs, and friendly faces. Among the cute stores and mountain streets, there is a place named Dripolator Coffeehouse.
The comfortable seating, hanging plants, and the smell of fresh coffee beans invites you to sit down and stay a while. Homemade pastries line the display case while you wait in line for that perfect cup of coffee. Locally made coffee cups say, “I like my coffee like my mountains, black.”
The coffee is smooth and with every tamp of espresso, you can tell they care about their drinks. All of the milk comes from pasture-fed Jersey cows that are direct descendants of the original Biltmore dairy herd. Environmentally friendly paper straws are used instead of plastic and recycling is always suggested. Since 1999, they have proudly roasted the finest green coffee beans to produce a well-rounded blend that warms your soul.
Stepping foot in Black Mountain is like a natural antidepressant with really good coffee. Support a local gem and stop by Dripolator Coffeehouse when you are in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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