Nashville Newcomers: Ugly Mugs

June 23, 2008 3:00 PM 13 comments

We love us some coffee shops in Nashville. Even with dozens already established and thriving (and no, we’re not including Starbucks in that count), there’s always room for newcomers in our coffee scene. We’d have to be crazy to complain about having one more excuse to get caffeinated.

Ugly Mugs Coffee & Tea is our latest excuse. We talked with them last week to get the scoop on what they have planned, and it sounds exciting. Owners Jarod and Courtney are all about creating and contributing to the local community, and they’re bridging the cultural gaps with coffee. They’re not going to focus on roasting or cooking in house (they will serve Drew’s Brews and food from The Sugar Bar). Instead, they’re going to focus on environment – creating a positive atmosphere for everyone. Moms with kids will have storytime in the mornings. Music fans will have a venue in the evenings. And in between, a hodgepodge of cafe seating, couches, booths, bars and benches (not to mention the free wi-fi) will accommodate the bloggers, entrepreneurs, students, businesspeople and the date nights alike.

Ugly Mugs will be open 7 days a week, with later hours than some of our favorite coffee shops – a definite plus. We’ll let you know when they open their doors this summer, hopefully next month (and we’ll have a Nashvillest meetup). Check out their blog to read more about the plans for Ugly Mugs. 

  • http://www.blog.thesugarbar.com rebekka

    Yeay!!!! We are SO excited about Ugly Mugs!!!

  • Manley

    Love it.

  • Arica

    I bet there will be a line out the door. Let us know the opening date.

  • http://www.blog.thesugarbar.com rebekka

    Yeay!!!! We are SO excited about Ugly Mugs!!!

  • http://alisongroves.net ag

    Does the east side really need coffee shops across the street from each other? I hate to see new establishments not thrive, but market saturation is going to be a big problem.

  • Manley

    Love it.

  • Arica

    I bet there will be a line out the door. Let us know the opening date.

  • http://alisongroves.net ag

    Does the east side really need coffee shops across the street from each other? I hate to see new establishments not thrive, but market saturation is going to be a big problem.

  • http://nashvillest.com morganlevy

    @ag – Neither Portland Brew nor Ugly Mugs are seeing this as a problem. Jarod said that Portland Brew has been very accommodating and supportive, letting them use their space for meetings and helping them out wherever possible.

    I think that’s pretty cool. Both the coffeeshops cater to a different crowd. For one, Ugly Mugs will be open on Sundays. That’s a huge difference. And then you just have personal preference. I will probably never be able to discern why I prefer Bongo West to Fido, even though I live an equal distance from both. I just do. I think Ugly Mugs will find their niche and do just fine.

  • Morgan Levy

    @ag – Neither Portland Brew nor Ugly Mugs are seeing this as a problem. Jarod said that Portland Brew has been very accommodating and supportive, letting them use their space for meetings and helping them out wherever possible.

    I think that’s pretty cool. Both the coffeeshops cater to a different crowd. For one, Ugly Mugs will be open on Sundays. That’s a huge difference. And then you just have personal preference. I will probably never be able to discern why I prefer Bongo West to Fido, even though I live an equal distance from both. I just do. I think Ugly Mugs will find their niche and do just fine.

  • Colleen

    Oh my goodness!!! I cannot wait for Ugly Mugs to open up! This place is going to be the best place for coffee in town!!!

  • Colleen

    Oh my goodness!!! I cannot wait for Ugly Mugs to open up! This place is going to be the best place for coffee in town!!!

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  • tiberiu84

    I hope that you are offering some promotional mugs. I collect special mugs and I can surely put in the special category.

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