Trying Poplar Perk’n (Closed)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | December 2nd 2009 4647 0

Ed. Note: Poplar Perk’n is closed. Ugly Mugg Coffee opened in its place.

I know a lot of you East Memphis caffeine fiends were bummed when the High Point Coffee at the corner of Poplar and Perkins closed. But there’s hope for you yet – a new coffee shop called Poplar Perk’n opened in the old High Point space.

Poplar Perkn, Memphis, Tenn.

Poplar Perk’n, Memphis, Tenn.

I stopped by Poplar Perk’n  yesterday around 11 a.m. There were a few people hanging out in the tiny shop. Two super friendly baristas (Hi, Brian and Boby!) and the owner, Jimmy Widden, were behind the counter.

Behind the counter at Poplar Perkn

Behind the counter at Poplar Perk’n

My vanilla latte was the right mix of sweet vanilla and coffee flavor. They’ve got all kinds of coffee and non-coffee drinks. Next time, I think I’ll try something a bit more straight up.

Poplar Perk’n isn’t the old High Point. It feels less like a corporate chain shop (High Point always had that feel to me) and more like a nice, community shop. Plus, the owner and the baristas totally love Memphis.

Go There:

Poplar Perk’n

4610 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38117
Open Monday – Thurs until 8 p.m.
Open Friday and Saturday until 9 p.m.
Open Sunday until 7 p.m.

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Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. jana gilbertson says:

    They are SOOO friendly, and skim decaf latte was good. Plus, bonus points for the name alone!

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  3. Andrea Olson says:

    Pretty pumped to try it! Great post.

  4. laura says:

    Yall should go! I love individually owned coffee shops and these guys are really nice! Way better than starbucks

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  6. Brandon Dahlberg says:

    Its really too bad the owner fired all the baristas. I think only two trained baristas work there now. All the old Highpoint people are long gone. But it used to be a really nice place…

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