-- Porterdale Perk and Cafe owner Joy Patterson displays a bag of Counter Culture coffee she sells at her business.
As a skin care specialist, Joy Patterson spent her career making people feel better. Now that she is the owner of the new Porterdale Perk and Cafe, her goals are not much different. Instead of pleasing people by enhancing their beauty, she aims to make them happy with her culinary skills.
"I like baking and cooking and I've always been a people person so I knew this would be something I would love," Patterson said.
Patterson opened Porterdale Perk and Cafe, located at 2100 Main St. near the Porterdale Lofts, on the day of the Porterdale Christmas Parade, Dec. 2. She said hundreds came through her door.
"We said if we can handle that, we can handle anything," said Patterson. "We're very excited. It's been good so far."
The cafe serves breakfast, lunch and a variety of coffee drinks, all of which is prepared fresh on the premises.
The breakfast menu includes biscuits and gravy, egg and cheese croissant, sausage, bacon and scones. To satisfy those with a sweet tooth, Patterson makes baked goods such as white chocolate macadamia nut and chocolate chip cookies, pecan and pumpkin pie, carrot cake cupcakes and Rice Krispie treats.
For lunch, Patterson suggests the turkey panini, Reuben, chicken salad or soup.
Living up to the "Perk" part of its name, the cafe serves freshly roasted Counter Culture Coffee, "one of the best coffees ever," according to Patterson, along with cappuccinos, lattes, blended frozen coffee drinks, green tea and chai tea.
Among the 15 flavors to add to the drinks are caramel, white chocolate peppermint, mocha, hazelnut and pumpkin spice.
There's also hot chocolate, available with whipped cream and extra chocolate.
Patterson, who lives in Social Circle with her husband and children, said she and her brother, the owner of a Southern cuisine restaurant in Atlanta, scouted locations in her town and Covington before settling on Porterdale.
"I love the Porterdale place. The traffic is heavy," said Patterson of her location.
Porterdale Perk and Cafe is open Monday, 7 a.m. To 4 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 7 a.m. To 7 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. To 8 p.m.; and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. To 8 p.m. For more information, call 678-712-9931.