"In most of your towns across the United States, coffee shops or a good cafe, a neighborhood cafe are a way of life," says Adam Flinchum.
Coffee Fusion owner Adam Flinchum had the idea for a while and finally took the plunge...after getting the go ahead from his wife.
"It just kept really bothering me, and I kept bothering her, my wife. And so she finally said go ahead and open one, so we decided to go ahead and do it," says Flinchum.
Coffee Fusion, the name itself, tells a little about the blends of different items on their menu.
Flinchum says, "I was a little concerned because I thought...it's always hot down here in Mississippi and on the Coast, you know 10 months out of the year. I was like, I'm not so sure how coffee would go, we need to get smoothies or something, so the bubble tea just kind of fit right into the whole concept. And we realized that we really had a fusion of East meets West. "
At the end of each month Flinchum would check the budget and any left over money was spent to expand. And that's when sandwiches debuted on the menu.
"That's a panini grill, and it's kind of like a big Foreman Grill. But, it gets a lot hotter and cooks a lot faster, and it actually warms up whatever is inside and grills it while it's toasting the outside at the same time. We try to keep everything on a lunch type menu, a breakfast or lunch and we just serve it all day long," says Flinchum.
The most popular item on the menu is the Panini Sandwich.
"But we've been running them the longest. We just phased in the grilled croissants and the wraps," says Flinchum.
For an Italian theme...
"A grilled chicken panini sandwich with roasted red peppers...it's called a campenolo," Flinchum says.
There are plenty of choices if you have a sweet tooth.
Flinchum says, "We have a dessert case full of cheesecakes and chocolate cakes and Italian creme cakes. We prepare everything fresh by hand, and use better ingredients and things, hopefully that'll keep us around for a while and separate us from the rest of the pack."
Coffee Fusion in Ocean Springs will celebrate it's second birthday in August. They are open seven days a week, Monday through Saturday from 6 am to 10 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. They have live music on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights from 7 to 10 pm. The schedule of performers changes weekly. Breakfast is serve all day, and lunch starts at 11 am each day.