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Shug’s Grand Opening

Shug’s Coffee Cart Brews Up Good, Simple Coffee with Soul at McDowell Market

Grand opening event, held in partnership with fellow women-owned businesses McDowell Market and Palabras Bookstore, will benefit local public school performing and visual arts programs

PHOENIX, ARIZ. – May 21, 2017 – A local music teacher is bringing a new breed of coffee shop to the quickly-growing Coronado neighborhood, with a retail space opening at the McDowell Market. Shug’s Coffee, which is woman-owned, will celebrate its opening on Sunday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with 40% of proceeds benefiting local public school arts programs. Three other Miracle Mile favorites McDowell Market, Palabras bilingual bookstore and Galeana 39  will also take part in the grand opening, featuring special deals and wares for customers who have visited Shug’s.

With beans provided by local roasters Xanadu Coffee Company and Espressions Coffee Roastery, Shug’s will offer a simple but complete menu including pour-over coffee, a variety of espresso drinks, cold brew, and more kid-friendly italian sodas. The location will be open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., with special deals available to customers who wish to support local performing and visual arts programs in schools through the purchase of special menu offerings.

“I am excited to bring a unique coffee offering to my neighborhood of Coronado,” said owner Mercedes Murrieta. “I have been a barista and a music teacher for a decade and being able to bring my two passions together and serve students and teachers in our community is a dream come true.”

Beginning in late 2017, Shug’s Coffee cart will be available for booking by local public schools who are seeking ways to raise funds for performing and visual arts. Schools will be able to book the Shug’s Coffee cart to serve coffee onsite at school events, such as orchestra and band concerts with 30 percent of the sales going directly to the school’s performance and visual arts programs.

“As a music teacher, I know first-hand how challenging it is for teachers to raise money for their programs within the school,” says Mercedes Murrieta. “Shug’s Coffee will be a simpler way for teachers to fundraise, bringing delicious coffee and kid-friendly drinks to students, parents and other visitors at school events.”

I can’t wait to see all your smiling faces. Stop down, have a cup (or two, I wont judge) and support local!