Three Local Coffee Shops You Should Visit 


With finals right around the corner, students may be looking for a new place to study and relax before their exams. Coffee shops are a favorite among the college population because they feature an easygoing environment and unlimited access to caffeine. If you’re looking for a new place to meet with friends or hit the books, try visiting these three local coffee shops.  

1. The Joe – Fairmont, WV 

Rating: 4.5/5 

Molly’s Drink Recommendation: Iced matcha latte with lavender cold foam 

Fairmont residents herald the Joe as the best coffee shop around. Located at 323 ½ Adams Street, this coffee shop appeals to all audiences. They have a large selection of coffees, teas, craft beers, and a rotating menu of tasty food. Daily specials are shared on The Joe’s Facebook page and frequently include artisan soups and sandwiches. The shop also has a daily line-up of house-made salads, bagels, soft pretzels, desserts, and more. 

The Joe gives the ultimate rustic coffee shop experience. The shop is decorated with local artists’ work available for sale, and gentle music blends with the clinking of glass mugs to create a beautiful coffee symphony.  

Because of their small size and expansive menu, The Joe tends to have a long wait. If you’re planning to stop by, be sure to allot extra time to receive your food and drink. Once you’ve received your sweet treats, settle in for the ultimate studying (or relaxing) experience.  

Almost Heaven Desserts and Coffee Shop – Bridgeport, WV, and Cheat Lake, WV 

Rating: 4/5 

Molly’s Drink Recommendation: Iced caramel macchiato with extra caramel drizzle 

With two popular locations, it’s hard to escape the allure of Almost Heaven Desserts and Coffee Shop (and you shouldn’t!). This local coffee shop is the best option when it comes to baked goods. At the Bridgeport location, display cases loaded with tasty desserts line the shop’s length. Fan favorites include homemade pepperoni rolls, gooey cinnamon rolls, and iced sugar cookies. Almost Heaven’s coffee and tea selection is also remarkable, with their original coffee blend made locally in Clarksburg.  

Like The Joe, Almost Heaven Desserts and Coffee Shop are decorated with rustic accents. Wood paneling and flooring give a comfortable feel, and a guitar is left in the dining area for any customers who feel compelled to play. Almost Heaven also has an excellent merchandise area featuring cozy sweatshirts and beanies branded with the AHD logo.  

While Almost Heaven can be a fun hangout spot, expect to be distracted if you attempt to study. The dining area is small and there is a lot of foot traffic, making it more difficult to stay focused. If you frequently experience sensory overload, you may feel overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of Almost Heaven Desserts and Coffee Shop. If you’re looking for a place to relax and people-watch, AHD is the place for you.  

3. Winnie’s – Bridgeport, WV 

Rating: 4/5 

Molly’s Drink Recommendation: “Sassy Surprise” smoothie 

Winnie’s is another fan-favorite hang-out spot in Bridgeport, located just down the street from Almost Heaven Desserts. Winnie’s is known for their specialty protein smoothies, all-day breakfast, and extensive wine collection. Other honorable mentions include customizable acai bowls, fresh salads, and a tasty collection of coffees and teas. Winnie’s also offers gift cards and pre-ordering on their website.  

Winnie’s is decorated with a crisp, minimalistic style. Their shop features several windows and outdoor seating, providing the right amount of natural light needed to increase productivity and boost mood. Winnie’s is also within walking distance of several small businesses on Main Street in Bridgeport.  

If you’re looking for a bright, simplistic space with healthy food options, Winnie’s is the place for you. As with The Joe, expect a longer wait during busy times. However, the quality and variety of the food and drinks at Winnie’s is well worth the wait.