A new specialty coffee shop has opened in Arlington with a goal of embracing the city's diverse community and culture. Called Cup O'Vibes, it's located in a heavily residential area at 800 E. Sublett Rd. #170 in South Arlington, in a small shopping center that's also home to Global Food Market.
Cup O'Vibes owner Charletra Sharp lives in the neighborhood, which she says is home to the most diverse population in the city of Arlington, and she captures that heterogeneity with a menu that caters to the many different groups within the community.
The menu includes:
- Spiced Mango Latte, inspired by the Mango Lassi, an Indian drink.
- Hot tea, to which customers can add different type of milks, just as it is preferred in Africa (what some call “London Fog” here in the U.S.)
- Odom 97, a tribute to Arlington's first and only Black mayor, Elzie Odom, and the year he was elected. It is a delicious blend of espresso, mocha, Irish cream, and hazelnut.
Their signature drink, called the Aggspresso, is a hat tip to Arlington’s "Aggtown" nickname. It's a bold, sweet, and spiced espresso that allows you to choose your level of sweetness via syrups, and spices such as cinnamon and cardamom.
"It's a reflection of the community and its diversity," Sharp says. "There is no one drink that represents the community, so customers get to choose exactly what they want."
Other drinks include pistachio latte, which has emerged as a favorite during this week’s soft opening, with Turkish coffee and horchata latte to be added to the menu later. Drip coffee starts at $2.75 and the espresso drinks range from $4.50 to $5.50.
In addition to coffee, Cup O'Vibes also serves baked goods including muffins, cupcakes, and cookies from Something Sweet Bake Shoppe, a custom bakery which, like Cup O'Vibes is also Black-owned, and will now have a space inside the coffee shop.
Sharp, who recently made a list of "40 Under 40" leaders from the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce, is a social worker and Baylor alum — which might explain the color scheme at her shop. She wanted to provide the neighborhood with a community space. She's created a comfortable place, with a balance between tables, bar stools, and a cozy sofa in the back.
“Our bar is our signature," she says. "We were intentional to have a big bar that is modular and can be used by customers to interact, socialize, as coffee shops are conduits to connecting the community.”
Their hours are listed as Monday-Saturday 7 am-3 pm and closed on Sundays. They'll host a grand opening on October 15 from 7 am-3 pm.