Market Street Coffeehouse in 3Cups’ space

Feb. 16, 2013 @ 12:57 PM

Market Street Coffeehouse: Market Street Coffeehouse is setting up shop in the space that previously housed 3Cups in Chapel Hill.
3Cups closed the Elliott Road shop where it sold wine, coffee, tea and beer. The business was another food venture of Lex Alexander, the co-founder of the Wellspring grocery stores in Durham and Chapel Hill.
Alexander launched the Wellspring stores in 1981 with his wife, Ann Alexander. Whole Foods bought the stores in 1991.
Sara Owens, general manager of the company that owns the Market Street Coffeehouse and four other coffee shops in the area, said the shop will have coffee and tea, and will also sell beer and wine by the glass once they get the proper permits. She also said they’re going to have a North Carolina foods market, featuring products made in the state, as well as cocktail mixers and bitters, and other products.
Owens said they decided to open the shop because they had customers at their shop location on Homestead Road asking them to do something about 3Cups closing. She said they purchased the business’ assets, including their espresso machine, and are moving into the space.
She said Alexander is going to stay on as an adviser.
“This is a different reincarnation – it’s not going to be exactly the same as it was – but he is going to help us, sort of, feel it out a little bit in the beginning,” she said.
Owens said this will be the fifth location along side others at 2805 Homestead Road, and on Weaver Street in Carrboro. She said they also have owned the Bean Traders on Ninth Street for about a year and a half, and are planning to turn that into a Market Street shop. The original couple that started the three Bean Traders location still owns the shop on N.C. 54 at the Homestead Market shopping center.
They also own a former Bean Traders location in Meadowmont, which has moved four stores down and is now called Market Street Coffee and Ice Cream. She said they lost their lease for a space near Harris Teeter. She said there are plans to put a Starbucks in that location.


Local cookbook: Two local business owners are teaming up to launch a new cookbook featuring their own recipes as well as other gathered from Durham-based chefs, food artists and farmers.
The cookbook has been proposed by  Elizabeth Turnbull, co-owner of the Cuban eatery Old Havana Sandwich Shop in downtown Durham, and Ali Rudel, a co-owner of the local preserve business This and That Jam.
The “Starting Fresh” cookbook is envisioned to tell the story of how Durham, a former “tobacco town,” has seen its food culture grow. It’s also planned to feature profiles of local farmers, recipe contributors, and essays from Durham-area writers and journalists. Photographs will be by Annemie Tonken of Megapixie Photography.
The book is slated for publication in 2014 by the small, family-run publisher Light Messages Publishing, of which Turnbull is senior editor. They’re starting a blog,, to document their progress.


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