One of the best things about Wilmington is all of the locally owned coffee shops. While I love Starbucks as much as the next girl, there is nothing like sipping on a cup of delicious coffee while knowing my money is going back to support someone in the community. From Wrightsville Beach to downtown Wilmington, here are a few of the places that I frequent when I am in need of a caffeine jolt.
Opened in 2016, Bitty and Beau's coffee shop stands out because of their mission: to provide people with intellectual and developmental disabilities a job. Opened by the Wright family, the shop was originally called Beau's Coffee, named for their youngest son who has Downs Syndrome. The name was changed when they moved to a larger building to include their youngest daughter's name, who also has Downs Syndrome. Currently, 40 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are employed by Bitty and Beau's. Stop by for a warm cup of coffee and a chance to help a great cause!
What to try: Java Chip Frappe
In addition to craft coffee, local food, and a craft beer selection, Bespoke offers customers a small shopping selection. They are teamed up with Soul Shoetique to provide shoes, hats, socks, and candles to for customers to browse. Located in downtown Wilmington, it is the perfect spot to spend an afternoon or to grab a drink on your way to shop.
What to try: Hot chocolate
Located at Wrightsville Beach, The Workshop is a cute little coffee shop worth stopping by. After you get your coffee, smoothie, or bagel, check out their handmade shark tooth jewelry. Although this coffee shop does not have much room to sit and relax, it is a fun place to stop by on your way to the beach or after walking the loop.
What to try: Iced Coffee (complete with coffee ice cubes!)
Before you go get your caffeine fix, stop by Lula Balou for a cute and trendy outfit to wear or a Corkcicle Tumbler for your next coffee date!