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New downtown Alpharetta business specializes in coffee, baked goods
by Nicole Dow
February 14, 2014 04:47 PM | 2318 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Jenn Newton and Gretchen Smith are the co-owners of Mugs on Milton, a new coffee shop in downtown Alpharetta.
From left, Jenn Newton and Gretchen Smith are the co-owners of Mugs on Milton, a new coffee shop in downtown Alpharetta.
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Mugs on Milton owners Jenn Newton and Gretchen Smith hope their latest addition to downtown Alpharetta will serve as a place that residents and visitors can make their new hangout spot while enjoying freshly brewed coffee, tea and baked goods.

“We want people to come in and just feel comfortable being here,” said Newton. “They can always expect to feel welcome. If we know your name, we will use it, and if you come in long enough and often enough, we will know who you are.”

Smith added, “Alpharetta’s really coming together and we really love the downtown and want to be part of the community. We just want let people come in and relax, have a good time, drink their coffee and hang out.”

Mugs on Milton serves up coffee by Roswell-based Thrive Farmers Coffee, tea by Massachusetts-based Tea Forte and various treats baked by Smith, who used to bake and design wedding and special-event cakes before starting Mugs on Milton.

“I’ve always loved baking,” Smith said. “I’m a ‘bake-aholic.’ I bake a lot. This puts me in a good place, because I can bake all day long.”

It was Smith’s baking that enticed Newton to partner up with her for the business.

“I was working across the street at Sis and Moon’s, and Jenn is one of the artists that rents space at Sis and Moon’s,” Smith said. “I would make a treat every Thursday night when it was Food Truck Night. So I always had something yummy, and Jenn would come in and have my treats and that’s how she knew I could bake.”

Before starting the business, Newton worked in healthcare and marketing.

“I was kind of looking to do something on my own, and this just kind of worked out,” Newton said. “We haven’t known each other for terribly long but when we met [and] we started talking about this idea, everything lined up.”

Mugs on Milton opened Jan. 17 at 35 Milton Ave. in Alpharetta.

“[Business has] been really great,” Newton said. “The downtown community and city officials have been super welcoming and very helpful along the way.”
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