Nestled in the heart of the Blackland Prairies is the little town of Commerce, Texas, one of the smallest college towns in the whole state. Even with Texas A&M University-Commerce more than doubling the population, the total headcount still barely breaks 30,000. And in this idyllic town, occupying a corner lot on Main Street, is one of the quaintest little coffee shops you've ever seen, Mugs on the Square. Owned and operated by two up-beat ladies, Beckey Thompson and her daughter, Kelsey Lytle, Mugs is our choice this month for a map pin on your Where-to-go-to-Find-Our-Joe journey!
Kelsey and Beckey noticed that so many people, academically driven and otherwise, were going far out of town to get a good cup of coffee. Realizing that the town was in desperate need of a coffee shop that served delicious coffee, a place in which students and town folk, alike, could feel at home, these ladies set the wheels in motion. And right off the rip, Mugs was a home run in the little Texas college town! In the beginning, one of the ladies would have to call in a second order within a week due to the raving success they'd been. It's evened out a bit now, but with each new order every week, we catch glimpses of their upward march, and we couldn't be more thrilled for their success!
Take a quick gander at a set of Q & As we posed to Kelsey:
ACR-- So, how did Mugs come into being? What is Mugs' specialty? What is Mugs' driving focus?
MUGS---Our coffee shop is in on the square in Downtown Commerce. The building was built in 1905 and is now restored with its original window framing and tin ceiling tile.
Our specialty is probably our homemade syrups! We make several of our own syrups and all our pastries are also homemade.
Our driving focus is customer service. Our customers feel like family and are treated as such. We know them and their drinks by heart! We want everyone to feel like part of the family when they come in .
ACR--How long have you been up and running, and how has the reception been in Commerce?
MUGS--We opened in October 2017. The reception has been wonderful! We get a lot of students from the University, as well as faculty. We also cater to families with our Children's Corner that has a chalkboard, coloring books, and fun furniture for them to enjoy.
ACR-- Besides coffee, what other offerings does Mugs provide?
MUGS-- We offer a variety of homemade treats including breads, muffins, cake balls, and cookies. We also have a variety of iced and hot teas brewed in-house, a homemade strawberry lemonade made with real fruit, and a homemade hot chocolate. Other than food, we offer a place for students to study with free wifi, and late nights during peak study times such as midterms. We also have about 10 board games and card games for groups to enjoy. We have three custom picnic tables we just built outside for people to enjoy outside. We also allow businesses, clubs, churches, and other organizations to reserve space in our coffee shop for meetings other gatherings.
ACR-- What events are on the horizon for Mugs?
MUGS-- We are planning a late night study night the first week in May for “Dead Week” at the Texas A&M University-Commerce. We will stay open until midnight and serve free homemade pancakes and sausage to our college students while they study for final exams.
If they aren't staying up late nights flipping pancakes and serving up brew, they are most certainly into something new and exciting! They've even developed their very own frappuccinos just in time for warmer weather.
These ladies know what they're doing, serving up southern hospitality as the main dish, in beautiful, historic downtown Commerce. It may be a bit of a long drive for some, for others, the adventure is the destination. If you happen to be out that way, or if you've got your minivan stuffed with coffee enthusiasts, poised for a very, very short road trip, stop by Mugs on the Square. Don't forget to tell them we sent you!
Monday - Friday 8:00a - 7:00p
Saturday 8:00a - 2:00p
1123 Main St, Commerce, TX 75428