By: Olivia Armstrong, Follow South Jersey Intern
GLASSBORO, N.J. — Two recently opened coffee shops on West High Street in Glassboro work together to make enough brew for everyone.
Cream, which opened in May 2023, offers bagels, breakfast sandwiches, toast, snacks, salads, paninis, sandwiches, wraps, smoothies, juice, and so much more. Cream wasn’t originally super popular until mid-late summer and continued to keep getting busier as the semester started.
Matthew Frasetto, one of the store managers who started about a month ago and is very passionate about their business and menu, was so eager to talk about Cream and how well their business is doing.
“Cream is a great atmosphere with a great food selection and always have a steady pace,” Frasetto said.
On the other side of the street, High Grounds opened September 18, 2023, and they have been busy ever since their first day. High Grounds is still new and has only been open for about a month. One of the reasons for their constant rush is because they are also the same owners as the brewery Death of the Fox located in Clarksboro, N.J. When they planned on opening High Grounds they informed their customers about it, so a lot of their regulars from the brewery also go to their coffee place.
What makes Cream and High Grounds different from each other is Cream has a very large menu and food selection and is more of a cafe, whereas High Grounds also has a food menu, but they will have open mic nights, live music, and events. They are expanding soon with more unique coffees. The two coffee shops have very different atmospheres.
Jen Henson, the general manager of High Grounds also spoke about how they roast on site, which is another perk to High Grounds knowing that their coffee is fresh everyday.
“We are known for roasting on site, along with that our pastries get delivered fresh everyday,” Henson said.
Both Cream and High Grounds general managers said the relationship between both of the new coffee shops is strong, they share items when one store runs out, they help each other out, and share their customers. They say that there is no fierce competition, there are good mindsets all around, and no hard feelings between the two.
Glassboro went from not having many coffee shops to two on the same street and now there is plenty of coffee to go around.
High Grounds is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., , and a cozy hangout/study spot. Cream is open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week. For more information, visit their websites at https://creamcafe.square.site/ and https://www.highgroundscoffeeroasters.com/.
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