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We’re on round-up number three in response to our call for ideas asking what would inspire you to spend more time downtown?

The last several weeks we’ve been taking a look at some of your most requested additions for downtown including a pub theatre and barcade!  This week in our third and final installment we’re exploring coffee shops!

Octane – Atlanta, GA

First up on our list of swoon worthy coffee shops that would be amazing additions to downtown, is Octane Coffee out of Atlanta Georgia!  A wifi camper’s dream, Octane offers artisan coffee with beans roasted in house, made using French press and pour-over techniques.  But in addition to just great coffee, Octane also offers espresso, cocktails, pastries, and my personal favorites, craft beer and wine.  Cafe by day and smooth cocktail and wine bar by night, this concept ranks pretty high in our books for something we’d love to see downtown.

© Billy Reid
© Billy Reid

Crema – Nashville, TN

If you’re a coffee connoisseur, than you’ve probably heard of Crema.  Focusing on fundamental elements, their highly skilled, ninja-like baristas use small-batch, in-house, roasted beans, precise methods and the best equipment to hand-craft the finest traditional Italian coffee and espresso.   So in short, they really love coffee, and they do it dang well.

Frothy Monkey – Nashville, TN

Next up is Frothy Monkey also hailing from Nashville, TN!  With ample seating, free wifi and a full menu of incredible food in addition to their hand roasted coffee, Frothy Monkey is part neighborhood restaurant and part cafe.

Mercantile – Houston, TX

A twist on the traditional coffee shop, Mercantile is part espresso bar and part specialty grocery store!  Wouldn’t this be a cool addition to downtown Huntsville!?

Merci Used Book Café – Paris, France

Ok so technically this one is just a part of the larger 3 story concept store, Merci, but I love it so much that we’re just going to include it anyway because this is basically my dream come true.  Here you can rendez-vous over a cup of coffee, grab brunch or a quick lunch of a soft-boiled egg or in the afternoon tea-time gourmet scones. You can also take the time to choose a book from the 10,000 books in the library!


NEW ADDITON!! – Battery Park Book Exchange – Asheville, NC

Super excited to add Battery Park Book Exchange to our list by the suggestion of Abby T. Owen!  She mentioned we should check it out and we have fallen in love!  I mean seriously, how could you NOT love the mashup of a used book store, coffee shop and champagne bar!?  I would LOVE to see something like this come to downtown Huntsville, what about you!?

We’ve listed out some of our favorite coffee shop concepts for downtown now, but what are yours?  Did we miss one that you think would be the perfect fit for Huntsville?  Let us know in the comments below!

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