Your neighborhood coffee house and local haunt
We do everything on a whim and this is no different. We also do everything with family, love, and passion in mind, again this venture is no different.
We moved here in 2013 with our one son and quickly adopted Raleigh as our home, and Raleigh adopted us back. We grew our family by three (a daughter and two more boys) and decided that we couldn't have found a better place to raise our children. What can we say? We love it here.
Opening a coffee shop has been a dream since we met in 2006, and when the opportunity came, we leapt headfirst without thinking. Who opens a business during a pandemic? We do. We are optimists after all. 2020 couldn’t have been any more unique and the support that we received from all of you, couldn’t have been any more welcome, surprising, amazing, humbling, flattering, and restorative. Two years later and we can’t believe how fortunate we’ve been. We pinch ourselves every single day. We are the luckiest and most grateful people in the world.
We found a place where we feel at home, nestled between Oakwood and Mordecai, and we have never felt so welcomed or accepted in our lives and we are so grateful for the support and excitement. It has been such an honor to continue to serve you with the best coffee, pastries, and baked goods that Raleigh has locally available. Our breakfast and lunch isn’t too shabby either.
Your Local Favorites
Our Amazing Partners
We've partnered with some of Raleigh's favorite locals, proudly including, Black & White Coffee Roasters, Blue Ox Bakery, Michael's English Muffins, Tribucha, Arteo, Darlin Designs Cookies, Barrett's Cookies, Button Down Brewing Company, and Trophy Brewing Co.
Familiar and inviting are two words that come to mind when we think of who we want to be at The Optimist. We want you to feel at home. We want to be as much a part of your lives as you will be in ours. Please come say hello and enjoy a relaxing afternoon on our patio space, or a board game, live music, or take in some of our plants and join us for our monthly plant swap.
Ask about renting our space, or catering some of our specialty coffee -or just write us a note to say, "hi!"
919.896.8988 | hello@TheOptimistRaleigh.com
1000 Brookside Dr STE 109
Raleigh, NC 27604