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  • Liz Logan

Coffee Lovers Rejoice — Here's our round up of local shops, complete with kronuts & croissants

In the not-too-distant past, coffee routines looked a bit differently than they do now. While there is no shame in waking up to Folgers in your cup, craft coffee shops are ushering in a new wave and a new way to go about your morning caffeine fix. While Starbucks helped pave the way for small-scale coffee shops back in the 1970s (and have grown into a monolith in the past few decades), local shops are still popping up and going strong. Some around Gaston County double as wine and beer shops while giving that mom-and-pop comfort and feel for patrons who are looking beyond just a plain ol’ cup a’ joe. So when you’re up-and-at-'em, ready to pick up a cup or settle in with an old friend, here’s what Gaston County has to offer for the local coffee lover.

The Notary at The Esquire Hotel

Croissant and Coffee - Photo Courtesy of The Notary

168 W. Main Ave., Gastonia

Everyday 6 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Not your typical coffee joint, The Notary is located inside the historically renovated First National Bank of Gastonia, also known as the Lawyers Building, in downtown Gastonia. Downstairs from Barrister's (known for their culinary and wine experience), boasting a sophisticated selection of dishes and drinks is The Notary. This coffee experience (located in the basement of this historic building) offers freshly brewed coffee and tea to those who are stopping by whether they come from near or far.

Catawba Coffee Co.

Photo Courtesy of Catawba Coffee

104 W. Charlotte Ave., Mount Holly

Monday- Thursday,7 a.m.-8p.m.; Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Located off Mount Holly’s ever-expanding Main Street, Catawba Coffee is the go-to for Mount Holly residents and beyond. The new storefront is welcoming with café-colored umbrellas and relaxing lighting. Catawba Coffee strives to support the community with unique events, like early-morning live music events to enjoy while sipping Saturday morning coffee. Authors, artisans and musicians find their way through the doors of Catawba Coffee, sharing their craft with customers. Here you’ll find your favorite espresso drinks as well as fresh baked goods.

The Everyday Market

Grant Baldwin - Gaston Outside

7 S. Main St., Belmont

Monday -Thursday, 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m., Friday-Saturday: 8:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.,

Sunday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Odeko ordering available

Located just across from Stowe Park in downtown Belmont, The Everyday Market takes inspiration from European cafes, offering a wide array of homemade pastries like scones, croissants, and macaroons to accompany your coffee. Choose to enjoy their patio with a view of Stowe Park or their cozy interior space while sipping a sweet mocha frappe or hot cappuccino (and stick around for wine and sandwiches later on).

Floyd & Blackies

Photo Courtesy of Floyd & Blackies

137 8th Ave., Cramerton

Monday- Friday, 6 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.-6 p.m.

Odeko ordering available

Just along the river and across the bridge from Goat Island Park, Floyd & Blackies is Cramerton’s spot for coffee and ice cream. Hungry for more than a coffee and muffin? There is a menu of savory goods for your morning fare. Opened in 2012, the shop has become a local stop for coffee and breakfast. Handmade mugs are for sale along with Floyd & Blackies locally roasted, organic fair-trade coffee.

Fryeday Coffee Roasters

Photo Courtesy of Fryeday Coffee Roasters

106 E. 1st St., Unit B, Lowell

Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.- 7 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Odeko ordering available

In her newly opened brick-and-mortar location, Alisa Frye’s Fryeday Coffee Roasters finds its origins in Frye’s roots of roasting her own beans in a frying pan and now has her own commercial roaster and is the Gaston County's only coffee roaster. What began as a gift to family and friends following her Santa Barbara-influenced love for fresh roasted coffee, Frye opened her shop ready to share her fresh and locally roasted beans with the Greater Gaston County area. Baked goods abound — do yourself a favor and grab a kronut with your coffee.

Gaston Pour House

Grant Baldwin, Gaston Outside

170 S. South St., #103B, Gastonia

Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. - 12 a.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. - 12 a.m.

Takeout (704-671-4023)

Gaston Pour House opened as the brainchild of a couple of Johnson and Wales graduates, ready to bring a craft coffee experience to downtown Gastonia. Brewing Dilworth Coffee’s Honduran and Colombian roasts, Gaston Pour House serves batch brew coffee, French press and espresso drinks. Stop by in the evening for a wine tasting or beer, with Open Mic Night and Live Music on Fridays.

Mugshots Coffee and Tea

Photo Courtesy of Mugshots Coffee and Tea

4 N. Main St., Belmont

Monday- Friday ,7 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Saturday- Sunday ,8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Delivery and Takeout (704-957-2453), Grubhub

Relocated from a small Main Street storefront, Mugshots has become the morning portion of South Main Cycles’ beverage duo (with Station operating in the evenings Wednesday – Saturday). Opened by a couple of former police officers, Mugshots specializes in house-made syrups and quality coffee beans from California-based Mountain Grounds Artisan Roaster. Stop in for a seat at their unique bicycle-themed bar or enjoy the patio alongside the railroad tracks in this historic, former train station. Enjoy locally made pastries and other snacks to accompany your coffee.

The Wandering Cup

Grant Baldwin - Gaston Outside

900 S. Fork Village Dr., #G2, Belmont (located inside A Little Bit of Art)

Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Order with Odeko for Pick Up

Nestled inside the Belmont art studio A Little Bit of Art, The Wandering Cup is the newest addition to the Gaston County coffee scene. Serving locally roasted coffee from Rock Hill, South Carolina, based Knowledge Perk Coffee and a variety of treats from the local Moonbox Bakery, Honeybear Bake Shop, and Flour & Oil, this coffee shop combines its owners’ love for art, travel, and community. So wander on over to try one of its seasonal specials like Espresso with Cherry Blossom or Espresso with Toasted Marshmallow Latte or one of your favorites like a warm chai tea.

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