Although this winter is not, and isn't expected to be, a record-breaking cold one, there will still be times when the temperatures drop below freezing and some may find themselves craving a warm beverage.
If you find yourself being one of those people, there are several options in Onslow to "warm up" during those cold mornings and nippy nights.
Brewed Downtown is located at 1000 New Bridge St. in Jacksonville, and offers a wide variety of items to choose from.
According to their website, they sell hot and cold breakfast selections, hot and cold lunch sandwiches and salads, gourmet coffee, and non-coffee specialty items such as frappes and smoothies.
Owner Michelle Smith said they're currently offering some seasonal items, including brown sugar cinnamon lattes, homemade hot chocolate, brown sugar cinnamon muffins, and French toast muffins.
"We're offering 10% off if you bring your cup for coffee," said Smith, citing supply chain issues. "20 oz. cups are on back order for the sixth week in a row. We've always done a discount for your own cup but now we are really hurting. We've been in business for 10 years."
Brewed Downtown is open Monday-Friday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit breweddowntown.com, or call 910-347-2739.
The Coffee Co.
The Coffee Co. is located at 8700 Richlands Highway Suite A in Richlands, and according to their website, is a "destination craft coffee experience."
Owners Kelly and Cali Yore said their coffee beans are high quality, syrups are homemade, and espresso machine manual, so the baristas put in a lot of effort into each cup.
According to their Facebook page, holiday flavors are still sold through January. These include hot homemade caramel brulee, gingerbread, and s’mores lattes. They also are advertising their caramel hazelnut lattes.
The Coffee Co. is open Monday-Saturday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit richlandscoffee.co, or call 910-430-0665.
Coffee Haven is located at 104 Silver Sands Drive in Sneads Ferry, though they recently opened a new location, sharing shop space with The Grazing Tray at 622 Court St. in Jacksonville.
Coffee Haven, according to their website, strives "everyday to craft the perfect beverage for each individual customer and their caffeine desire, while cultivating kindness."
They have recently advertised on their Facebook page that "chilly weather doesn't stop us from drinking some chilly coffee," showing off their cold foam cold brew and fruity pebbles latte.
But don't stress, they have plenty of hot beverage options as well.
Owner Katie Lee said they'll also be doing some fun seasonal drinks in February in honor of Valentine's Day. These will include a Coco Cherry, which is a chocolate covered cherry flavor, Love Rocks, which is a white chocolate strawberry cold foam latte topped with pop rocks, and a pink hot chocolate for a kid-friendly option.
"I'd say we are a good place to go to warm up because we have so many drink options," said Lee. "Whether you are a coffee fan or a tea fan, or even hot chocolate, we have something for you.
"In my opinion, not only does coffee warm the soul, but so does good company and so we are the perfect place to not only grab a hot drink, but a place to come and gather and catch up with friends, which is just as good as a hot cup of coffee."
Coffee Haven is open Monday-Friday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Jacksonville location with The Grazing Tray is open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit coffeehavennc.com, or call 910-526-0303.
There are several Dunkin Donuts in Onslow. They are located at 207 N. Marine Blvd, 433A Western Blvd, 2431 Gum Branch Road, and 1495 Burgaw Highway.
Dunkin has a variety of coffee, teas, drinks, and food for those looking for somewhere to warm up.
Dunkin on N. Marine, Western, and Burgaw, are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and Gum Branch is open every day from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
For more information, visit dunkindonuts.com, or call 910-333-1028 for N. Marine, 910-939-5257 for Western, 910-353-9501 for Gum Branch, or 910-346-7744 for Burgaw.
The Milk Road
The Milk Road is located at 4240 Gum Branch Road in Jacksonville, and according to their Facebook page, was started in 2016, and is veteran owned.
They are a coffee house & roastery that specializes in single-origin coffee and liège waffles, making them a great place to stop in and get out of the cold.
This month they have chocolate salted caramel muffins, pumpkin muffins, cayenne mocha flavor, and butterscotch flavor. They are also holding onto their peppermint and miso caramel for a little longer.
The Milk Road is open every day but Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, visit milkroadcoffee.com, or call 910-968-0650.
Muddy's Coffee House is located at 2040 Wilmington Highway, and according to their Facebook, is retired Marine family owned and operated.
They have coffee roasted on site by the pound or cup. They also offer deli sandwiches, salads, wraps, breakfast sandwiches, and more. Their Facebook constantly advertises what items they have for sale, recently serving chicken and pastry, taco chili, and New England clam chowder, so keep up with them on social media to see what delicious foods they will have next.
Muddy's is open Monday-Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit their Facebook page, or call 910-937-0800.
Port City Java
Port City Java is located at 102 Marine Blvd in Jacksonville, and according to their Facebook page, was founded in 1995 in Wilmington.
Their page says they offer a wide selection of hot and cold premium coffee and espresso drinks, as well as teas, smoothies made with fresh fruit, milkshakes made with real ice cream, and other delicious drinks.
"Port City Java is also known for its breakfast and lunch offerings, including breakfast wraps, fresh baked pastries and bagels, sandwiches, wraps, and salads."
Port City Java is open Monday-Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information, visit portcityjava.com, or call 910-545-4120.
There are several Starbucks in Onslow. They are located at 370 Western Blvd., 1654 Western Blvd. Lot 2, 1395D Western Blvd., and 2805 Richlands Highway.
Starbucks has a variety of coffee, teas, drinks, and food for those looking for somewhere to warm up.
Starbucks at 370 Western Blvd. is open every day from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., and can be reached at 910-455-8720; 1654 Western Blvd Lot 2 is also open every day from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and can be reached at 910-650-8660; 1395D Western Blvd. is open every day from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and can be reached at 910-937-6400; and 2805 Richlands Highway is currently open Thursday-Monday from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and can be reached at 910-915-5132.
For more information, visit starbucks.com.
Reporter Morgan Starling can be reached at email@example.com
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