The place is wonderful. Very relaxed. The soups and sandwiches are great. Love the music, both background and the ever-increasing “live” scene. It’s bohemian, but classy at the same time
People bring their children, but so far, the kids that have come are very well behaved and that’s do to the fact the owners, Dean and Fred, have provided a “treasure chest” underneath a bench full of coloring books, and non-noisy toys. Checkers and chess playing is encouraged for one and all. The kids just aren’t hyper here. The atmosphere seems to effect everyone… It certainly helps with my digestion!
BTW, Fred and Dean keep a box of “costumes”. Sometimes there are little girl “tea parties” and the “guests” are encouraged to “dress” for the event…Very cute and VERY..PROPER!! :)
The owners put so much detail into the place, you notice something different each time you’re there. It could be a chair, a novelty on the shelf, or a lamp. Artists and photogs display their work. Patrons?.
Everyone from 8 to 80… Music isn’t too loud. They play Sirius OR other internet alternatives via a surround sound system from New Age to Folk. Someone brought another nice stereo setup however with vintage audio gear that occasionally plays WNCW-88,7 Spindale, NC (Americana/Folk/Bluegrass/Alternative) OR NPR 90.1 from Greenville (In addtion to CD’s)
Sometimes they have an alternative video night with all sorts of genre. There’s a regular tv in the corner by the fireplace with DVD OR sometimes, they “Dim the Lights” and have a patron play concert videos and alternative films via a screen and video projector. On Halloween, they even played “Plan 9 from Outerspace”, reportedly the WORST movie ever made. It was hillarious…
LIve music can run the gammut. Recently they had two classical violin/cello quartets. Soon afterward, they had a family bluegrass band. THEN, for something totally different, they had a punk rock night. I felt right at home, being an old Sex Pistols and Ramone’s fan. (yea, I told my age didn’t I?). AND soon, they will have a Drumming Circle. Bring your bongos and let’s connect!
From breakfast to closing (7am to 8pm Tuesday thru Saturday’s), this is just a great place. You can meet. You can talk. You can listen. You can study, you can browse (Fantastic WI-FI coverage BTW), OR you can just chill. Fred and Dean welcome all.
Food?. Try their soup d’jour. Their 15-bean soup is fantastic, as is their Alaskan Salmon stew. One of my faves is the tomato basil, and their beef stew chowder, Their sandwiches/panninis are excellent.
Coffee drinks?. Try their grasshopper.
No beer and wine license (yet) and they may forgo that due to local regulations.
I want you to know, I’m not praising the place because I’m a regular. It’s the place that MADE me a regular!. I just wish they could stay open 7 days a week because I’d be there every single day. AND that’s not because I don’t have alternatives. Dean and Fred work so hard though, I don’t resent them taking a well-deserved break.
I’ve been to alot of coffeeshops, but have never felt more at-home/welcome, than The Village Cup. IF I had a coffeehouse of my own, I’d attempt to make it just like this one!
Oh yes, everything IS quite reasonable. It would cost you much more anywhere else WITHOUT the great atmosphere.
PS…Did i mention they have great deserts too?. Don’t keep thinkin’ that pie is ONLY for Sundays…Have it every day (they’re open) at The Village Cup!!!