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While Valor Coffee owner Riley Westbrook hopes that the vibe will be similar to the downtown Alpharetta original, which opened in 2019, the Dunwoody location is about three times bigger and will have ample seating to match.
Tucked away among the homes just north of Marietta Square, walk-up coffee shop Sessions Stand offers espresso, danishes, whole wheat croissants, even bouquets of flowers.
"Where are good coffee shops and cafes in Atlanta where I can set up my laptop and get things done?" Where to reward your good work habits with pastries, sip strong caffeine, and finally finish that assignment.
This story of Henry & June, a new Virginia-Highland shop named for author Henry Miller and his second wife, is about coffee and clothing—unlike the erotic 1990 movie of the same name, which is about the famous literary couple and a ménage à trois. But both involve a writer and his muse.
It isn’t easy for independent coffee shops to fight corporate giants that crowd the market and deliver a uniform taste. Some independents rely on the personality of their baristas, the quality of their furniture, the ease of their Internet connections, and the extent of their merchandising. Many pride themselves on having better, more ethical beans. But what distinguishes a newcomer in the Emory Village, a place so focused and so good that some coffee nerds are waving bye-bye to their usual haunts, is primarily a technique.