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Social Coffee & Supply Company plan to expand coffee cart to indoor-outdoor cafe

The husband-and-wife team have been operating their business as a coffee cart for months, but hope to expand their business -- and their ability to give back to the community.

Since the beginning of the year, Social Coffee & Supply Company has been set up at 5317 Wrightsville Avenue. Now the owners hope to turn the location into a full-scale cafe. (Port City Daily photo | Benjamin Schachtman)
Since the beginning of the year, Social Coffee & Supply Company has been set up at 5317 Wrightsville Avenue. Now the owners hope to turn the location into a full-scale cafe. (Port City Daily photo | Benjamin Schachtman)

WILMINGTON—The owners of the Social Coffee & Supply Company are hoping to take their coffee cart and turn it into a full sized cafe on Wrightsville Avenue.

Husband and wife co-owners Giovanni and Rachel Ellzey founded Social Coffee in December of 2017. While waiting to make their way through the long and often trying process of planning commission applications and permitting, the Ellzeys have operated a coffee cart at 5317 Wrightsville Ave.

Now Social Coffee has plans for a full sized cafe at the same location.

Submitted last week, plans call for 52-seat cafe with indoor and outdoor patio seating. According to Giovanni Ellzey, Social Coffee plans to open serving coffee and tea to start — with an eye on incorporating food in the long run.

Focusing on specialty coffees and teas from around the world, Social Coffee also has a mission to give back to local charities and non-profits, Giovanni Ellzey said. The coffee cart is hosting Global Education Ministries for a free event on Friday, July 13, from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.

The charity, where Rachel Ellzey works, is dedicated to helping improve educational opportunities in nations with struggling school systems, Giovanni Ellzey said.

Social Coffee & Supply Company serves a variety of specialty coffees, teas, and specials — like the popular “Affogato.” (Port City Daily image | Courtesy Instagram)

In the future, the Ellzeys hope their business will be able to help support other local non-profits, as well as creatives. Social Coffee & Supply Company actually has an entire page on its website dedicated to local “creatives,” which you can find here.

Currently, Social Coffee is open on Wrightsville Avenue on Wednesday from 5 – 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hours for the cafe will be much more extensive, Giovanni Ellzey said.

You can find updates on the cafe’s progress at Social Coffee & Supply Company’s Facebook page and on its website.


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