New coffee shop opens in downtown Meridian

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for a brand new coffee shop in downtown Meridian Tuesday morning.

“We’re excited to offer this coffee bar in downtown Meridian to better serve the businesses down here, the community at large, and just provide a space for people to come downtown to hang out and have a good cup of coffee,” says Terry Dale Cruse, the head of campus for MSU-Meridian.

The MSU Bulldog Coffee Shop is all part of the investment that the Riley Foundation and MSU-Meridian have made to downtown Meridian to revitalize the area and boost the local economy. MSU-Meridian officials say that coffee shops are becoming an integral part of a city's downtown area and so this is an exciting time for Meridian.

“[Coffee shops] provide an area for people to socialize as well as enjoy coffee; of course we have our MSU ice cream and cheese here and sandwiches, and so I think it’s a very important part to the revitalization of downtown Meridian and the community we’re trying to build here,” Cruse says.

The MSU Bulldog Coffee Shop is located at 2214 5th Street right next to the Riley Center.