PRINCETON — With a smiling face and welcoming atmosphere a local coffee shop is inviting guests to enjoy a cozy experience.

Appalachian Coffee House in the Grassroots District on Mercer Street offers a selection of both warm and hot beverages as well as sweet treats. As the shop is locally owned staff are also local residents that provide personable experiences.

“I think the atmosphere is different in a personally owned shop and you get a more personable service,” owner Debbie Bounds, said.

Bounds and her family first opened Appalachian Coffee House in Nicholas County, W. Va. In Mount Nebo, the first of their businesses took root and began inviting customers for warm cups of coffee and treats.

At the Mount Nebo location, according to Bounds, the staff sees many guests from around the world. This location is unique due to its proximity to the highly frequented tourist attractions of white water rafting.

After the first location flourished, the second Appalachian Coffee House opened on Mercer Street to service those of Mercer County. Having been open a little over a year, the Princeton branch sees a steady stream of both regulars and new visitors.

“Our family has always liked coffee and we like visiting original coffee shops instead of name brand coffee shops,” Bounds said.

The Princeton location has held private parties, meetings and even been a pop-up-shop for the Mercer County Convention and Bureau Center. Further than events the shop also sees students frequent the store for warm drinks and free WiFi.

Guests of the coffee shop are able to order the beverage of their liking, ranging from coffee, tea and smoothies in the warmer months, and customize it to fit their diets. With variations such as almond milk, those who suffer from lactose intolerance are still able to enjoy.

According to Bounds, she is in the process of offering oat milk at Appalachian Coffee House. This being another popular alternative to cow’s milk, she thought that offering this would cater to those who prefer it.

Of her favorite part of owning the businesses, Bounds said, “Just meeting and getting to know a little bit about people. It’s inspiring to see people.”

The Princeton location also frequently hosts local musicians where customers are able to enjoy their beverages and pastries while listening to live entertainment.

The essence of a coffee shop runs through Debbie and her family’s blood. The inviting atmosphere and personable experience is something the Bounds thoroughly enjoy.

“We enjoy meeting people and enjoy good coffee,” Bounds said.

As the business is currently under their winter hours, those interested in visiting may do so from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday through Saturday. The shop is closed on Sunday according to Bounds.

For more information visit the Appalachian Coffee House on Facebook at @Appalachian-CoffeeHousePrinceton, call at 304-800-1846, or on Instagram at @appalachiancoffee_princeton.

Contact Emily D. Coppola at ecoppola@bdtonline.com

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