LOCAL FOCUS: Mugs on Main

Sister Liz Brown, on left, stands at the coffee counter as Mary Chavez, on right, offers the last of what was a pan full of cherry turnovers at Mug On Main in Okolona just before noon last week. (Photo by Floyd Ingram)

Sister Liz Brown, on left, stands at the coffee counter as Mary Chavez, on right, offers the last of what was a pan full of cherry turnovers at Mug On Main in Okolona just before noon last week.
(Photo by Floyd Ingram)

The mission at Mugs on Main is to bring community together and if they can sell a cup of coffee and a cookie along the way, that’s great.

Mugs on Main opened at the front of Excel Common’s senior adult center a little over a year ago as a venue for older residents of Okolona to gather each morning to chat and as a reason to get up early and start enjoying the day.

“It really is all about bringing people together,” said Sister Liz Brown. “We built it and people started coming. We’ve been pleased with its success.”

Brown said when the concept for Mugs on Main was formed, people looked around and realized there was nothing in Okolona or Chickasaw County that could be classified as a coffee shop. The business now sports from 20 to 30 regular senior adult customers a day, plus the walk-ins from downtown and around the community.

Cappuccinos, regular coffee, flavored coffees, hot chocolate and a variety of teas grace the morning drink menu as well as cookies and specialty baked goods.

“Mary Chavez is here bright and early each morning to serve,” said Brown. “We buy cookies, cakes and the occasional cherry turnover from a Mennonite family who cooks them fresh and delivers every day.”

Brown said they don’t cater or deliver, but are glad to handle special orders if given enough lead-time and customers keeps it simple.

“The mission of bringing people together is just as important as the bottom line,” said Brown. “Our senior adults come here in the morning and then move on to the back of the building for events that range from computer classes and health seminars to energy conservation tips and financial counseling.”

Mugs on Main has south-facing glass windows that allow the sun to shine in on clear days. Freshly painted walls sport local art and tables have cloth covers and comfortable straight-backed chairs.

“We work very hard to make it a pleasant place for people to gather,” said Brown. “We can solve a lot of the world’s problems and the things that pull communities apart when we agree to sit down together and talk about it over a cup of coffee.”

 

Local Focus is a regular business feature of the Chickasaw Journal. Locally owned businesses wanting to be included in Local Focus should call the Chickasaw Journal at 456-3771.

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