Cubs of Coffee Brings a Taste of the Northwest to North Augusta
Bear cubs aren’t quite as common in Augusta, Georgia as they are in the mountains of the American northwest. Neither are drive-thru-only coffee shops.
“There isn’t one here, so we thought this would be a really good business to start,” said Sharon Nirk, founder of Cubs of Coffee in North Augusta.
Nirk just opened the store in August, and is happy with her success so far. The hand-carved wooden bears that cling to the sides of her building, which was built Montana, might be not be so out of the ordinary in northwestern states. But on Belvedere-Clearwater Road in North Augusta, they’re part of a unique style not often found in the CSRA.
Nirk grew up in the northwest. Washington was her childhood home and the place where she met her husband. She moved to the Augusta area around 10 years ago after having been a teacher for nearly a decade, and she continued to teach in Aiken and Columbia counties for almost another 10 years before bringing a coffee shop type well-known to Washingtonians to the east coast.
“There’s Starbucks, they have Dunkin’ Donuts, but those have coffee shops too,” Nirk said. “This is different.”
Nirk says the closest establishment similar to Cubs of Coffee that she can think of is in Columbia, South Carolina. So why not bring the goodness to North Augusta?
Running a small coffee shop by herself keeps Nirk on her toes during peak hours, but she covers all the coffee lover’s go-to’s–espressos, lattes, coffee. She gets her coffee from Broad Street coffee shop New Moon and uses Monin Coffee Syrup which she says is her favorite.
Nirk even creates her ice cubes out of coffee, which she says customers enjoy.
“I want to eventually open another in the CSRA,” Nirk said.
For now, the coffee cubs will stay clinging to the building sitting at 791 Belvedere-Clearwater Rd. They’re open from 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.