Called Poplar Perk’N (how cute is that?), the coffee bar is serving a menu of coffees, lattes, blended drinks, and strawberry and mango smoothies seven days a week.
“We opened the doors this morning, and the people started coming,” owner Jimmy Whidden said Monday. “This is an unbelievable location. I’ve lived within five miles of this intersection my whole life.”
A newbie to the coffee business, Whidden hired back the much-loved Highpoint barista team of Bobby Marino and Brian Hansford. “Between the two of them, they have nine years of experience,” Whidden said. “They know everything about coffee.”
It was Marino and Hansford who taste-tested beans and steered Whidden toward Gusta Java, a fair-trade roaster in Jackson, Tennessee.
“They are a small local roaster, and we loved the taste of the coffee,” Whidden said.
On Monday, a handful of muffins and cookies were in the case, but more goodies are on the way. “I’m still looking for a good bakery source, so if you know anyone, send them my way,” Whidden said.