Joe Van Gogh is the ideal of a neighborhood coffee shop. There are no platoons of beige pant wearing uniformed servers rushing to complete your order. The people that you see behind the counter are just that - your neighbors. inside you will find delicious coffee, free books, posters from local bands and business cards from local gig seekers. if this environment isn't your style, there is a Starbucks inside the Harris teeter just down the street. Go there. if you are laid-back, inclusive, and just enjoy a really good cup of coffee, and you don't see a seat ...ask me and I'll move my stuff over so you can sit down.
Feb 24, 2019
At one time this was a quirky, reputable establishment. Today it’s lost it’s way as a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee. It provided quality baked goods from local artisan bakeries, now it provides in house goods to be more profitable. (They still carry some, but they provide only their goods at some locations.
Additionally, they went to a “punch card” system for frequent visitors over a computer system that easily kept track of purchases and allowed one to wait til they wished to use them. Leaving that system allowed them to unilaterally cancel the saved free drinks. I would think that was quite a coup (placing signs saying basically use or lose isn’t very customer friendly). financially to eliminate that potential expense.
This isn’t your local coffee shop anymore. It’s a chain providing a product for profit. I will drive the extra distance to Bean Traders where the owners are interested in community and treating their customers fairly.
Mar 18, 2019
I enjoyed my visit here! I consider myself somewhat of a coffee shop expert, and visit local and unique ones wherever I travel to! The menu selection is not necessarily unique, more your typical run of the mill mochas, iced coffee, coffee etc, but the iced coffee was smooth and delicious, and I bought a bag of beans to take home, and I do recommend their coffee! There was a small pastry selection. Overall, I would say the experience will exceed a Starbucks, and you will enjoy it, but it isnt the most unique or exceptional coffee shop I have visited. They do have an excellent selection of whole beans to buy!
Mar 25, 2019
Good coffee and delicious pastries. They even have a little toaster oven so you can warm up your pastries.
May 5, 2019
Coffee was good and customizable. Had a lavender latte that was pretty tasty. The chai I got wasn't very spiced but still tasted ok.