If it's quiet in Fairmount on a Sunday, that's because everyone is at Mugshots Coffeehouse. Med students cramming in one last hour of study, a deejay recovering from Saturday night, we're all here. And there's definitely some volume in the room.
The Fairmount Avenue hub expanded last year to accompany all of the locals that flocked there for lattes and bagels. They pumped up their menu and kept the dessert case full. On this particular afternoon, the one item everyone ahead of me seemed to be ordering was the chocolate peanut butter bombe from Vegan Treats.
But it's not just a cafe, either. Mugshots hosts film nights on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 7 P.M. They work with Equal Exchange to provide fair trade coffee, which you can buy at their shop in a bulk coffee section. Their local food buying club allows residents to pick up fresh farm food at affordable prices. This place is a real destination in the Art Museum area.
Very recently, I met a client for the first time at Mugshots. I didn't know what he looked like. All of our communicaton up to that point was done on the phone or on-line. It was the middle of the day and the cafe was absolutely packed! I had to text message him to see where he was in the crowd. Once we found eachother, we sat down to sign a listing contract over his bagel and whitefish sandwich and my berry smoothie. Yummie! Wish every listing appointment was at Mugshots.
There is a second, smaller Mugshots that serves Manayunk, just off of Main Street. It, too, has been a successful resource for the community there. Next, owners Jill Fink and Angela Vendetti hope to open a third shop in Brewerytown, at 2831 W. Girard Avenue.
We wish them luck in spreading the joy that is stellar coffee and peanut butter bombe to neighborhoods throughout the Philadelphia area.
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