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Washington Ave Post, aptly named, is located on Washington Avenue, in the bustling loft district. This coffee shop and general store is one of those places every neighborhood needs: somewhere to get copying done, get a toothbrush, and a cup of coffee to start the day. Many of the locals in the neighborhood enjoy hanging out here, people watching from the outdoor seating. Travelers also enjoy the convenience and the services offered at this local business. Washington Ave Post offers print, copy, fax, and binding services as well as a full general store that sells basic food and personal goods. Stop by for the service. Stay a while and enjoy the coffee.
With its newly expanded menu and highly energized staff, Mississippi Mud House is a great place to stop while frolicking on Cherokee Antique Row. The coffee is amazing, and the chocolate chip cookies inspire a double take upon discovery that they are organic and vegan. It’s a neighborhood spot, and the staff knows most of the customers by first and last name. It’s peaceful and pleasant, especially on warm days; the back patio is a relaxing place to enjoy one of their many hot and cold beverages as well as breakfast and lunch items.
If you are not a coffee enthusiast, then a visit to Sump Coffee is sure to convert you. Sump, is quite simply, all about the coffee. Carefully selected blends and expert craftsmanship are what define each and every cup served here, while their passion for the brew is apparent in every aspect of this simple cafe. The owner and staff are well-versed in all things coffee, and are always glad to share their knowledge with anyone who is willing to lend an ear. In a city where such establishments are a rarity, Sump Coffee has quickly acquired a loyal following, and a reputation that is simply unmatched. Special lunch menus are offered from time to time, and are just as sumptuous and delicious as their legendary coffee.
The food is cheap, and the coffee is roasted in house. There's a play area for children and free WiFifor web surfers, students, and freelancers. Hartford Coffee Company had a goal from its inception to be a place where people in the Shaw neighborhood can come, get a good cup of Joe, and eat while staying within the budget. There's always someone new to meet, and the staff is just as much a part of the community as the clientele. Try the breakfast muffins, the chicken "quesapita", and a hot or cold drink.
Sure, there are plenty of coffee houses in Clayton—but is the coffee certified organic? Is it fair trade? Well, if these—and the taste of good, hand-roasted coffee—are things you care about, Kaldi's is the place to be. The atmosphere is artsy, and the neighboring restaurants and businesses make the entire block a hot night spot. The charming location is hidden from any main thoroughfares, and if new to the area, it may be a little difficult to find. Their covert operations don't worry Kaldi's staff. Once a customer has been by, they'll certainly be back; and they'll bring friends. - Cathryn D. Blue