As someone who is always on the go, a perfect example of the mobile generation, I am constantly on the look out for places where I can stop, grab a bite and catch a breather; and if the place offers free WIFI so that I can connect with my online platforms, even the better!

A dear friend, an enthusiast of local establishments, put a buzz in my ear that downtown Mebane was the home of a lovely new coffee shop. In fact, she said that she was “pretty impressed by everything about it.” With that kind of recommendation, you can understand why it didn’t take me long to investigate what was happening on Clay Street.

And if you visit the area, you aren’t going to be able to miss it! A vibrant green-yellow sign is painted onto and shouts-out from the brick building: “Reed’s Downtown Table Café & Cake Shop.”

Opened for business in July 2012, the shop offers a spacious environment, playfully decorated with wall quotes and local art. In my opinion the owner, Reed Meador, did a great job of utilizing the space to appeal to a variety of visitors. There are small nooks facing the street, long bar-styled tables with stools, wide-round tables with comfortable chairs…even a private conference room, which is available for reservation at no charge.

The shop has a unique, independent and very friendly vibe; and each of these qualities can also be used to describe Reed herself. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to meet her on my very first visit to the café. I learned that she’s a recent graduate of the New York Institute of Culinary Education and is now back in her home state planting both personal and professional roots that, I believe, will positively impact the area. She told me how everything seemed to be falling into place, a little at a time at just the right time.

At the moment, you can visit Reed’s and enjoy a variety of locally baked items (thanks to Yellowbird Baking in Durham), hot and cold coffee-based beverages and fresh-made gelato. Before the end of the year, Reed plans to expand the business by offering a lunch and dinner menu. Kitchen renovations are currently in progress and she is connecting with local farmers and suppliers in order to provide a variety of health-conscious, super-tasty offerings. She wants to engage the community with live music and special dinner events and hopes that customers will feel free to use the space as a meet up area, or contract it for their own special events.

After having the experience of talking with Reed and hearing her upcoming plans, sitting down to enjoy a fresh-made Caramel Latte (made with organic milk) and logging into my Twitter account via the café’s free WIFI connection to boast about my morning’s foodie adventures, I couldn’t help but agree with my friend: Reed’s Downtown Table is impressive. I would highly recommend that you take a moment to visit this great new place and become an active member of the community that will support it.

You can keep up with the ongoing developments at Reed’s by “Liking” the café’s Facebook page:


Jen Busfield operates Yummy-Goodness, an online platform that highlights great experiences with food. She delights in having had so many awesome foodie adventures and loves to share them. She owns jab’s plethora, a small publishing company that offers content consultation, web development and online marketing management: