This weekend I decided to visit the new Habitat for Humanity Restore on Wendover Road in Charlotte. I have passed it many times and decided to see what goodies I could find. I also noticed a sign attached to the large building that said Julia’s Coffee. I thought it was strange that they had a coffee shop attached to the Habitat for Humanity store but decided to check it out.

Julias Coffeehouse CharlotteI entered the Habitat store and found some records and Cd’s which I purchased. I then walked over to the coffee shop and was extremely surprised to find a eclectically decorated, dimly lit, two level shop with used books in one corner. I ordered a scone which I was told was locally made and a cup of their El salvador coffee. The scone and coffee were delicious, much better than Starbucks… no burnt coffee taste here. Apparently, the coffee is grown by a small family in El Salvador (which is where there sister affilate is located) and roasted fresh in Charlotte. I also learned they have free WiFi access plus live performances by independent artists like Rick Spreitzer,┬áKate Minogue, and Billy Jones every Saturday from 1PM-4PM.

I wandered over to their used book section on Spirituality. There was plenty of good reading from Deepak Chopra, Patanjali to Scott Peck. I nabbed Deepak Chopra’s”How to Know God” for $2.98 and sunk into one of their overstuffed seats contently eating my scone till closing time (6PM).

The best part of the coffee shop is that the money goes to Habitat for Humanity to help them build homes for low income families.

UPDATE: 05/27/09. They no longer have live bands.

Julia’s Coffee
1133 N. Wendover Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28211
704-295-4585

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