GREENVILLE — Take a step into Julie’s Coffee House and the atmosphere is immediately apparent. While there are no A-list Hollywood types squeezed together on a plump couch, there are certainly friends enjoying company and conversation over a beverage and homemade baked goods.
Reed took ownership of the local caffeinated hang-out that bears her name on May 1, 2011. Having worked at the business as an employee, Reed made the decision to purchase the shop from her former boss, Pam Stiles, because she had fallen in love with it, its location and most importantly, the people.
Reed said the deciding factor in taking the helm was the support of the greater community.
“I really do care about the people who come here on a regular basis, what they share with me, their kids, their friendship,” Reed said. “I think it is a huge privilege and I respect people’s trust.”
The interaction with the public is paramount to the success of her business as she is always making new friends, witnessed children grow to adults, grieved with people over the loss of loved ones and taken on the fight for more recognition and research of childhood cancers. Julie’s Coffee House is a sponsor of Cure Search, which is leading the way into researching cures for childhood cancers. During the month of September, she offers the Gold Ribbon Latte and a portion of every sale will fund Cure Search.
It isn’t just the compassion Reed offers her customers but it also offering current trends in beverages and being certain to keep popular drinks on the menu. In addition to espresso, coffee and tea based drinks, Julie’s Coffee House also offers homemade baked goods, chicken salad sandwiches and various soups during colder months. Customers can have all of these offerings catered to special events or office luncheons.
In the nine years that Julie has been with the coffee house, her enjoyment of meeting and getting to know people is the cornerstone of her business. While Reed is considering a local performer to play acoustic guitar occasionally, she doesn’t want to move away from providing a quiet place for people to work, visit or simply relax.
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Julie’s Coffee House is also host to various book clubs, Bible studies and small meetings for area businesses. This too is why she wants to maintain the quiet her patrons presently enjoy. Reed also makes it clear that because she values her customers, she will not tolerate rudeness. She has a motto of sorts that the only thing filtered in her business is the coffee.
“One of the best things is I love it when people pull their chairs together,” Reed remarked with a glowing smile. “So many friendships have been formed here.”
Julie’s Coffee House, at 6722 S. Greenville Road in Greenville, is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturdays. Call (616) 225-0016.