Coffee shop to open in Batesville Square

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, November 30, 2022

South Panola graduate Drew Wilkinson thought Batesville was missing something. “There was not a place in Batesville to get a good quality cup of coffee.” Wilkinson said. After much research, he decided to open one himself. 

“It would be a good asset for the town. People could get their cup of coffee in the morning in a place that has a hometown feel.” Wilkinson explained. 

HoneyBee Coffee Cupboard will open in the space to the north of Downtown Tans in a space that was formerly occupied by an engineering office that relocated. Work inside is nearly complete, and he hopes to be open by the end of the year. 

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“There will be cozy arm chairs, places for people to sit and read a book while they sip coffee, a church pew he acquired, and several other tables where people can meet,” Wilkinson said. “I want it to have the same vibe as the former Bread and Butter. A place where people gather.”

Wilkerson never worked at a coffee shop, but had worked in a local deli in Batesville.  His love of coffee and extensive study on the product made it a natural extension of what he loves. 

Wilkerson traveled to Ohio to be trained by his coffee vendor and learned to make all the espresso and iced drinks people want in a coffee shop – latte’s, cappuccinos, frappe style iced drinks as well as brewed coffee. He learned even more things about coffee and how to brew a perfect cup. 

HoneyBee Coffee Cupboard will also offer pastries, muffins and baked goods and is working with a local bakery/caterer to provide the fresh baked goods. 

The coffee shop will be open Monday – Saturday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eventually he plans to hire additional people to help staff the shop, but at first it will be just him behind the counter.