Nexus Coffee Aims to Fuel Local Art Scene

 

Amid the ever-growing coffee culture in downtown Little Rock comes a shop that emphasizes  collaboration and creativity: Nexus Coffee and Creative. Nestled on the corner of Clinton Avenue and Cumberland Street, Nexus offers specialty coffee, loose-leaf teas and craft beer and wine, along with a food menu.

The idea for the business started on a napkin last fall, and owner Amy Moorehead of Little Rock said her dream quickly became a reality. For Moorehead, the “why” behind the coffee shop has always been her love for people.

“My ‘why’ to do this wasn’t necessarily coffee or tea or food even,” she said. “It was people and connecting people and bringing them together and allowing them to network and having a central place to do that.”

This desire for community is reflected in the shop’s name: a nexus is a “center point of focus or hub for ideas.”

Nexus aims to connect and support Little Rock’s creative community by featuring Arkansas artists and musicians. Two large blank walls in the shop currently showcase local artwork. Moorehead hopes to rotate the art every few months.

Art on the walls at Nexus Coffee and Creative in downtown Little Rock.

“We want those artists to know that they can have the opportunity to express themselves here, [and we want] customers to know that the art is for sale,” Moorehead said.

Coffee Team Lead Abigaile Miller said the business is intentionally innovative not only with the way it connects with local artists, but also with its food and coffee.

As for the menu’s most unique item, Moorehead said it would have to be the nitrogen-infused cold brew coffee. The drink pours like Guinness and contains three to four times as much caffeine as a cup of black coffee.

Nexus currently partners with Giovanni Leiva of Leiva’s Coffee for single-origin coffee from a farming family in Guatemala and with Mountain Bird Coffee & Tea Co in Eureka Springs.

Artists interested in displaying their work can email nexuscoffeear@gmail.com. Customers are also welcome to post fliers or business cards on the community corner board by the door. Connect with Nexus on Facebook and Instagram.

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1 Comment

  1. by Donna Benton on July 20, 2017  12:28 pm Reply

    Can't wait to try it! Thanks for the article!!

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