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Garden City Coffee Grounds

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.

Garden City Coffee Grounds
Garden City Coffee Grounds

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.

Garden City Coffee Grounds
Garden City Coffee Grounds

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.

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Dripolator Coffeehouse

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.

Featured image courtesy of Dripolator Coffeehouse. Follow Dripolator on Facebook and Instagram.