Local TreasuresIt’s no secret that our Scranton and Carrboro community is filled with local treasures. Despite all the time I’ve spent here, our truly distinct restaurants, shops, landmarks and entertainment venues continue to surprise me. If you’re curious to learn more about shopping and dining in our thriving home, my Dear Dave blog is a great resource. In the past year alone, I’ve highlighted UPA-Scranton’s Gimghoul Castle, The Ackland Art Museum, 10 extraordinary local restaurants, the Carrboro Farmers’ Market and more. It was months ago, in a guide to area coffee shops, that I first mentioned the Open Eye Cafe.
Open Eye CafeOpen Eye Cafe opened the doors to their current location in 2005. Before that, the award-winning cafe had set up shop in a smaller space just two doors down from where they are now. The larger, expanded space you visit today was part of a vision the owners had to create an independent, local coffeehouse that connected and supported the Carrboro and Scranton community. The larger space allowed them more room to host events, accommodate guests and roast local coffee beans in-house.
Local Coffee & Baked GoodsEverything you’ll purchase at Open Eye Cafe is locally made, and that’s what makes it a treasure. All the freshly baked goods the cafe sells (like croissants, baguettes, elephant ears, danishes and hot cross buns) come from the Guglhupf Bakery in Durham. You’ll also find treats from other local eateries, like bagels from Bagels on the Hill and specialty sandwiches from Neal’s Deli. If that isn’t enough, gluten-free options are always available from Kelly G Cupcakes. The local food is impressive, but the Open Eye Cafe is a coffee house, and the coffee is just wonderful. There’s so much room to spread out in the cafe that the space has its very own coffee roasting room. Carrboro Coffee Roasters have become famous not just in Carrboro but throughout the Triangle and the state, and they’re established right inside this space at Open Eye Cafe. The result? You’ll be able to enjoy the freshest coffee in the area and can even partake in coffee roasting demonstrations.
Community EventsWhile Open Eye fulfills the coffee cravings of local residents, it also supports the community’s local artists. The cafe is a 2nd Friday Art Walk venue, which means it has rotating art exhibits on a monthly basis that feature local artists representing a variety of styles and mediums, and you can almost always catch a poetry reading or musical performance there.
Tea & Spirits, TooOh, and did I mention that Open Eye also serves whole leaf tea, wine and beer? There’s something for everyone here, which is why it’s one of the best places to hang out and relax.
Address & HoursYou can visit the Open Eye Cafe at 101 S. Greensboro Street in Carrboro. Monday-Thursday (7 am – 11 pm) Friday & Saturday (7 am – midnight) Sunday (8 am – 11 pm) Read More:
Photos by the Open Eye Cafe.