High Point Coffee, a longtime local favorite that became Uptown Coffee last fall, opened a new location last week on Old Taylor Road. Manager Stephanie Gunderson says that she is very excited about having a new coffee shop in Oxford.
“I just feel like we have a lot to offer college kids,” Gunderson said.
High Point is under the ownership of Amy and Joel Edlin, who partnered with Gunderson to open the new High Point.
Gunderson previously worked in the corporate coffee business for almost 10 years and was eager to have an opportunity to work locally.
“This is my life,” Gunderson said. “This is what I’ve always wanted to do: be part of a community and give back to the community of Oxford.”
Even though they opened less than a week ago, High Point has seen many familiar faces.
“We already have regulars,” Gunderson said. “We know what they want when they come in, and that’s an experience you don’t get at most places.”
Nutrition and Dietetics major Anna Kathryn said that High Point offers a different atmosphere.
“It just feels more calm here,” Anna Kathryn said. “You can come and not worry about having to find a seat at the library and just hang out. That’s what I like about it.”
Worker and junior criminal justice major Jasha McGee is expecting High Point to become a place for college students to come and relax.
“It’s like the coffee shops you see in the movies,” McGee said.
High Point offers study rooms, game rooms, spaces for groups and a deck outside for students, business workers, or anyone wanting to “escape” reality.
“We just want people to come and hang out with us,” Gunderson said.
High Point’s coffee is roasted by owner Joel Edlin at least once a week and offers drinks from espressos to frappucinos to cold brew that is brewed every 72 hours. They also serve bottled beverages, muffins, and snack trays.
Brown Family Dairy, a local family farm, also has drinks named after their cows on the menu since High Point uses their fresh milk.
Since the first incarnation of the original High Point, when they were one of Oxford’s only coffee shops for more than a decade, Oxford has experienced an explosion of coffee offerings including Cups, Starbucks and The Coop, located rooftop of The Graduate hotel.
“We are 100% local, and I think that’s what makes us different from most coffee shops,” Gunderson said.
Recent high-school graduate Eddie Tyson is looking forward to becoming a regular at High Point.
“The people here and the atmosphere is so different,” Tyson said. “You can tell they really care and know how you want your coffee.”
Gunderson hopes to expand the coffee shop and provide room for talent shows, local charity events and other ways to get the community involved.
“It’s not about the money, it’s about the experience and keeping it local,” Gunderson said.
High Point Coffee is located at 3010B Old Taylor Rd. in front of Faulkner Flats and is open Monday-Saturday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.