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Where To Get Your Coffee Fix in Auburn

Auburn coffeeIf you're reading this then you're one of the tens of millions of Americans who can't get their work or college day off to a positive start without a great cup of coffee. It's all about the ritual of heading to your favorite coffee shop, savoring the sounds and smells of your favorite coffee brewing away in the background, and the enjoying that first mouthful, best done with your eyes closed.

Coffee lovers living in Auburn or Opelika can rejoice in the knowledge that our area is home to some of the best coffee shops in the state. We're going to take a quick run through our personal favorites in this blog post, but be sure to let us know if we've missed any.

Toomer's Coffee Shops

How can you tell if a particular coffee shop is extremely popular with its customers? Because they need to open up more than one of them in the same city, and that's exactly what happened with Toomer’s. Trish and Sandy Toomer no longer run these coffee shops, but are still responsible for roasting the coffee served there, so your experience won't change in the slightest.

Toomer’s Coffee Shops have been putting an early-morning spring in the step of the people of Auburn since 2004, and that's down to the high-quality, artisan roasted, healthy coffee they brew every single day. If the idea of sampling coffees from all over the world in a friendly, comfortable atmosphere, appeals to you then you'll love Toomer’s Coffee Shops.

Prevail Union

Some of the friendliest and most knowledgeable baristas in Auburn can be found at Prevail Union, formerly known as 'Wake Up Coffee'. For the team behind Prevail Union coffee isn't just a business to them - it's a way of life, and it shows in not just their coffee, but how friendly and helpful every single person working there is.

You get to choose from an amazing range of coffees, but if highly-caffeinated drinks aren't your cup of tea then you...well you can have a chai latté instead. Prevail Union also serves a full range of snacks, and their baristas are more than happy to answer any questions you might have on how they work their caffeine-based magic.

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Coffee Cat

Even with all the other great coffee shops in Auburn and Opelika, there's always room for one more. In this case it's the laid-back, artsy coffee emporium that is Coffee Cat. The fact that this coffee shop is slightly off the beaten track adds to the feeling that you've found a hidden gem, and the welcoming atmosphere and fantastic beverages reinforce that belief after your first visit.

If you're looking for something special then we can heartily recommend their Kenyan coffees. The staff here are so friendly they'll even make coffees or teas based on your suggestions. Coffee Cat will quickly become one of your favorite places to hang out in Auburn.

The Bean Coffee Shop

One of the very first things you'll notice when you walk through the front door of this fine establishment is the quirky, retro seating and decor. There's a real hipster vibe to The Bean Coffee Shop, but minus all the hipsters, which is probably a good thing. There's a social conscience behind what goes on here because you'll only ever drink coffee purchased from Fair Trade roasters. So, you can enjoy your coffee, safe in the knowledge that most of what you've paid for it goes directly back to the farmers who grew and then harvested it.

Don't fancy a coffee? Well, how about a tasty tea, some gelato, a pie or even some fudge? We can recommend the homemade cinnamon rolls by the way - they're to die for!

There you have it - some of the best coffee shops in Auburn, but this isn't an exhaustive list. There are other coffee shops which deserve a mention too, including Mama Mocha's and The Overall Company.

Now, go forth and drink coffee. You'll be glad you did.

Auburn, Opelika Populations Continue to Spike

Auburn rentalsThe latest data is in and it shows that Auburn and Opelika are continuing to grow at impressive rates. In fact, the Auburn-Opelika area is one of the three fastest growing metro areas in the state of Alabama.

What’s driving growth in Auburn and Opelika? Let’s take a closer look at our spiking population.

Lee County is the Third Fastest Growing County in Alabama

The latest census data from 2015 shows that Lee County is one of three counties in Alabama driving the majority of growth in our state.

Baldwin County along the Gulf, Madison County on the Tennessee border, and Lee County accounted for 49% of residential growth in Alabama between 2010 and 2015.

Lee County has added thousands of new residents in the past few years. In 2015 alone, the county gained a net total of 2,567 residents – behind only Baldwin and Madison Counties in terms of net population growth.

The next 22 counties in Alabama combined only added up to 50.9% of the state’s population growth.

The majority of that growth occurred around Lee County’s two largest cities, Auburn and Opelika.

Why are so many thousands of people coming to Auburn and Opelika? You’ll find a few reasons below.

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Picking the Right Location for Your Auburn Apartment

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Whether you’re a student or not, picking an apartment in Auburn, Alabama can feel like a tricky process.

How far is too far from school or work? What are the most and least desirable neighborhoods? Which street has the best nightlife? Is there a grocery store nearby?

Today, we’re going to help you out with our ultimate insider’s guide to living in Auburn, Alabama.

How Close Should You Be to the University Campus?

Your proximity to the campus will depend on your role with the university. Are you a student? How closely involved do you wish to be in student life?

Full-time students who wish to be closely involved with student life are often willing to pay more to be closer to the university.

On the other hand, some people may wish to distance themselves from the university and get some space – like part-time students, professors, or anyone who wants to save some money.

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Auburn Events to Put On Your Calendar for January & February 2016

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Looking for fun and exciting events in Auburn this winter? Here are some of the city’s upcoming events taking place in January and February 2016.

4th Annual Auburn Polar Plunge

Taking place at Auburn Samford Pool, the Auburn Polar Plunge supports the Lee County Special Olympics for the fourth year in a row.

You can register to take the plunge here. The cool dip takes place on January 30th.

After registering for the event, your goal is to get as many people as possible to sponsor your pledge. Prizes will be awarded to the people who raise the most money. You can also win prizes for having the best costume.

Dress up, jump in, and join the Auburn Samford Pool for a fun day in support of a good cause.

Learn more about the annual Auburn Polar Plunge by visiting the official Facebook page for the event here!

Auburn vs. Alabama Basketball:

In one of the biggest games of the year, Auburn will take on Alabama on the basketball court.

The game starts at Auburn Arena at 8pm. Find out more information at http://www.auburntigers.com/

Only standing room tickets remain for the big game! Standing room tickets are priced at $30. When you purchase standing room tickets, you’ll stand around the rails near the 100 and 200 level concourses. Standing room is filled on a first come, first served basis. It’s not glamorous, but it gets you in the door.

Empty Bowls to Benefit the East Alabama Food Bank

Taking place on February 13, 2016 from 10am to 2pm, the Empty Bowls to Benefit the East Alabama Food Bank event requires a minimum donation of $10 per person to the Food Bank of East Alabama.

That donation entitles each ticket holder to their choice of a handmade bowl.

These handmade bowls are created by local potters. Then, you fill up your bowl with soup and bread donated by local restaurants.

The event takes place on Monday, January 11 at the Denson Drive Recreation Studio in Opelika.

Auburn Women’s Basketball

The Auburn Women’s Basketball team is taking on South Carolina on Thursday, January 21st at 6pm at Auburn Arena.

The next home date after that is on January 24th, when the team takes on Arkansas at 3pm.

Alabama Oyster Social

Put together by Dr. Bill Walton’s crew at the Auburn University Shellfish Laboratory, the Alabama Oyster Social puts some of the South’s most influential chefs in the same room as they create a variety of tasty oyster dishes.

This year’s event features refreshments provided by Back Forty Beer, Sazerac Bourbon, Grassroots Wholesale, International Wine, and Pinnacle Imports.

Come out to the Alabama Oyster Social and celebrate an important part of Alabama history while also supporting southern fishermen, farmers, foragers, butchers, brewers, distillers, and vintners!

 

That’s your roundup of upcoming events this month and next month. If you’re looking for an Auburn apartment rental, don’t hesitate to call our personal and friendly staff: 334-821-1600