CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Real estate agent Raina Purvis spends a lot of time meeting clients for coffee in different places. She never pictured herself being the one behind the counter pouring coffee for customers, but that’s exactly how she’s spending most of her days now.
Last fall, Purvis opened Queen’s Coffee Bar in Charlotte’s Belmont neighborhood.
The small brick building near the corner of Parkwood Avenue and Pegram Street sat empty for several years before it caught the realtor’s eye.
New homes and apartments have started revitalizing the older neighborhood, and she thought the vacant space would be the perfect location for a coffee shop.
She settled on the name for two reasons – Raina means “Queen” and Charlotte’s nickname is the Queen City.
She wants the coffee shop to have a real neighborhood feel to it – there’s a cozy nook in the front, board games on several tables and a mini living room where customers can grab a book off a shelf and get comfortable on the couch.
The shop also features a private meeting space that can accommodate up to 16 people.
In addition to hot and cold coffee drinks, Queen’s serves a variety of Stash teas, smoothies and kombucha, as well as light snacks that are made in-house such as pastries and other baked treats.
Purvis plans to get licensed to serve beer and wine, as well as host events. She just hosted her first open mic night and wants to add karaoke. She also has a vegan pop-up scheduled for next month.
Queens Coffee Bar is located at 1720 Pegram St. The shop is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Purvis says once the weather is warmer, she’ll extend her hours and add patio seating.
Check out queenscoffeebar.com for more details.
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