Southport’s Bald Head Coffee is on a mission to bring its coffee to people.
When owner and CEO Steve Lewis started the business more than a year ago — at the height of the pandemic — Bald Head Coffee’s drinks were only sold online. But as taste grew for its line of small-batch Carolina-roasted coffees, Lewis expanded its sales to a mix of smaller retail outlets in the region.
Now coffee lovers can head to the company’s headquarters at 1433 N. Howe St. in Southport to take online orders and sample the brews, which Lewis says are intended to “create a coffee experience.” memorable for our customers. For now, the “showroom café” will be open to the public every fourth Friday and Saturday of the month (excluding public holidays). Customers can also make an appointment to purchase Bald Head Coffee’s private label coffees and teas.
“I’ve been in the industry for over 30 years, but I wanted to get a foothold in it,” Lewis said. “We started just online and started to grow, so now we do the Sunset Beach, Southport and Oak Island Farmers Markets during the season and we also sell to several stores and businesses that actually sell our product, from here to Raleigh.”
Outlets selling Bald Head Coffee products include Mermaid Cove on Oak Island, Coastal Cottage, Pearl, Southport Market and the NC Maritime Museum in Southport, the Maritime Market on Bald Head Island and Blue Moon Gift Shops in Wilmington. Bald Head Coffee is also rolling out a mobile service.
“We actually have an espresso cart being built,” Lewis said. “It will be available from May or June. We already book for, you know, wedding receptions, corporate events, or maybe real estate agents hosting a community grand opening. We would bring it to the customer, even if it was a block party.
Lewis also focuses on community involvement and giving back to the area, donating to groups such as the Old Baldy Foundation, the Sea Turtle Conservancy, efforts to keep local waterways clean, hospitals and conservation agencies. public security.