City View 2018
"Honestly, I wanted a place where people could have a seat and not feel rushed,” she said. “This shop is successfully the third place in some people’s lives. For most, the first is home. Second is work and the third is what you’re drawn to outside of home and work. I wanted an ‘after place’ where you could go after work or school.”
Fayetteville Observer 2017
The Rude Awakening
"Many familiar faces at this downtown icon, which helped pioneer a revitalized Hay Street. Visitors flock here, but it’s also a favorite among artists, downtown residents, social groups and families. You’ll see a morning rush before work, and an evening rush as people relax before dinner or a movie at the next-door Cameo Art House Theatre.
Fayetteville Observer October 2016
Pumpkin Spice Latte: Taste-testing to find best in Fayetteville
"Rude Awakening’s Pumpkin Pie Latte was a clear winner...Rude Awakening, which opened at 227 Hay St. in 1999, ranked highest for best overall among our judges, who also gave it first place for balance and complexity of flavors, and true “pumpkinness.″ First reactions included “nice aroma” and “smells spicy,” while Thomas Pope said it had the “nicest mixture of flavor and coffee” and he would “buy it ... maybe more than one.” Beth Hutson described the flavors as “pumpkin spice, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, not too sweet.” And Myron Pitts commented, “Nice burst of flavor. I do taste pumpkin.”