- Published on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 22:54
- Written by Super User
Click image for larger view... : Majik Beanz Coffee Shop is located at 10 South Lake Park Blvd. in Carolina Beach.
By: Candace Lookingbill
The aroma of fresh roasted beans fills a cozy, inviting space. The treats adorn a long counter with comfy, tall-back rattan stools on which people are perched enjoying the newspaper, friendly conversation and, sometimes, their second or third cup of pleasure. A vibrant splash of color brightens the room from the designs of local artisans displayed throughout. And behind the counter, we find a warm, friendly personality that welcomes guests as if they’re family. Janeen Williams, owner of Majik Beanz, who does not know a stranger. Locals and visitors alike gravitate to Majik Beanz, also simply known as “The Bean,” because while you can acquire any old cup of coffee anywhere, there’s a charm and sense of community to The Bean that you just do not find anywhere else. And Williams’ brew is far from just any old cup of coffee. She has not earned the fond title “Janeen Bean the Queen of Caffeine” for nothing. The Bean began more than 10 years ago and Williams, now sole owner, has poured every bit of her heart into delivering the best of quality to her guests. She proudly serves fresh, locally roasted beans from Island Roast Coffee, owned by Ken Hodges, the island’s first and only roast master. The Bean currently offers a selection of 11 different roasts which can be enjoyed by the cup or ground to your preference and taken home by the half-pound or pound. This selection varies with the taste of the seasons that currently includes some seasonal flavors such as Pumpkin Spice, Blackberry Brandy and Mistletoe Mocha, just to name a few. For those who just enjoy the flavor of a perfectly roasted bean, she serves rich French Roasted Sumatran as the house roast. This bold, robust roast is just what you have been looking for in your quest for the perfect cup of coffee. If coffee is not your flavor, you can indulge your senses in one of the many other selections available. The Bean has a large selection of teas, hot chocolate, real fruit smoothies, Chai, milkshakes and much more. If you are feeling creative and want something off-the-wall, just ask. To compliment these delicious beverages, there’s also an array of baked goodies that are sure to tickle your taste buds. This includes tasty muffins and bagels which are especially delicious when enjoyed warm or toasted with butter or cream cheese. The Bean also serves up a special selection of treats, especially throughout the holidays; she is serving Terri’s Rum Cakes. In two scrumptious flavors of chocolate Kahlua or traditional, these cakes are $13 each or two for $20. They are an exceptional addition to your holiday table, make excellent gifts, or just go great with your next cup of coffee. Also available year-round is a variety of flavors of hand-dipped ice cream. Although particularly popular in the warmer months, it is no surprise to see many patrons enjoying a cup or cone at any time of the year. She also carries some local honey from One Wild Honey, the bees are from Wilmington and the honey is delicious with a taste all of its own.
What makes stopping in at The Bean even more of a treat is the local artwork to pour over which creates an inviting atmosphere. Williams is an avid supporter and advocate of area artists, and displays local creations which include photography, crafts, handmade jewelry, and other fine handiworks. Of particular current interest is the exhibit of works created by local photographer Michael Sing. Sing’s contemporary creations capture the essence of beauty found in the local inspiration … the ocean. The polished, professional look and quality of these breathtaking, local images on canvas are not to be missed. Be sure to check out his gallery currently on display at The Bean and find the perfect piece for your home. In addition to showcasing local works of art, The Bean also offers a variety of other novelties and gifts. Sip your coffee and browse along vintage items, incense, collectibles, T-shirts, tops, dresses, handbags and other accessories. If you have not had the Majik Beanz experience, you owe it to yourself to stop by. If you have but it has been a while, you will be delighted by the refreshing uplift it received since Williams assumed sole ownership this summer. The Bean is open Sunday through Wednesday from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The later evening hours Thursday through Saturday make it the perfect place to stop in, warm up and relax away the stress of the day. The Bean also extends hours for events like the upcoming holiday parade. Come warm up yourself and the kiddies with a nice cup of hot cocoa.