Visited: Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 7:00 a.m.
As you can see from previous OBX posts, the North Carolina Outer Banks are awash in coffee shops. Locals need them for caffeination and a quiet reading space. Tourists need them to fuel up while traveling the banks. The great thing about the Banks’ coffee scene is that, especially the further south you go, it consists mainly of small, locally-owned shops. Every small town on the islands will boast at least one good shop. In Avon, it’s Uglie Mugs.
Uglie Mugs multitasks as a bead shop as well, so don’t be surprised to find trays of beads and craft supplies scattered around the store, too. All the same, Uglie Mugs fulfills its coffee shop duties well, with a large menu of hot and cold drinks. You’ll see some with creative local names, too, like the Hatteras Jack latte or the Lighthouse Lift smoothie.
About what about the ugly mugs themselves? They’re present, although most of them are for display only. They’re lined up along wooden shelves high up out of reach.
The shop itself has two rooms with a mish-mash of chairs and tables, plus a small deck outside. Other reviewers have said the shop feels like a non-touristy because of the “whatever” attitude. I’ve seen some of that myself, and I’ll gladly take it in exchange for supporting a local shop. A shop that makes very good coffee, by the way.