If you live in or near the small town of Bowling Green, Virginia and you, like many Americans, have a love of coffee, then you are probably quite happy that a local business called The Mix House came on the scene a few years ago. The Mix House is the idea, turned passion, of Caroline County residents Jessica and Katie.
The Mix House is a local coffee shop and bakery, situated at 112 N. Main Street in the small town of Bowling Green, Virginia. that serves up a variety of coffee and espresso drinks as well as several non-coffee beverages. For those who like a sweet treat with your cup of coffee, The Mix House serves up several of those too. (My wife is particularly fond of their vanilla bean scone and pumpkin bread.)
When it comes to coffee, I am a quite the traditionalist. I like a simple, good and robust cup of coffee. The Mix House turns out a rock-solid cup of coffee. However, they do offer those drink concoctions with the Italian names and descriptions for those who are not quite the simple, traditional, American coffee drinker that I am.
If you live in the Ladysmith area, never fear, just look for the bright orange trailer (The Mix House mobile coffee bar) situated in the Ladysmith Center parking lot on Route 1 just north of its intersection with Ladysmith Road. I have visited both locations, and each time I have been greeted with smiles and friendly attitudes, just like you would expect from a business that is focused on providing quality service to its customers.
At first glance, one would presume the reason The Mix House came into existence was the fact that Caroline County lacked the presence of coffee shops like you are likely to find in more metropolitan areas. To be sure, that was part of the reason this business was created. But, as I learned in a recent conversation with Katie, one of the founders, there is more to The Mix House than simply providing a superior cup of coffee.
It seems that the sisters found themselves spending a lot of hours in coffee shops throughout their college experience. During that time they came to enjoy the sense of community they found in those coffee shops. They realized that coffee shop community experience they had enjoyed in college was missing in Caroline County. Therefore, they set out to create it in The Mix House.
In The Mix House, you can enjoy a great cup of coffee, perhaps a nice, pastry, and spend a few minutes chatting with friends and neighbors. The Mix House actually has a leg up on its more metro counterparts, in that, it is situated in a small-town community where you are more likely to know the next person who walks in the door.
If you have yet to visit The Mix House, you should make it a point to do so. They are a fantastic and welcome addition to the communities they serve, so hit them up on your morning commute or the next time you pass by. You can check out the hours of operation on their website. While you are at it, spend a few minutes with their blog and LIKE their Facebook page.
Photos credit: Katelyn James