Gusto’s, formerly known as JP Coffee, has become more than just a place where hot beverages are served. MCC-Longview students pack the corner coffee shop by the dozens. From the leather furniture by the fireplace to the fenced in patio outside, college students have found that the environment is perfect for studying, socializing, free Wi-Fi and, of course, caffeine.
Most students who take advantage of the coffee shop said that they prefer it to the library or the cafeteria on campus. Jill Williams, a first-semester Longview student, sat out on the patio with her cold drink and said that Gusto’s was a great place to be for her three-hour wait in between classes.
“It’s nice to get off campus,” she said. “Even though Longview is right up the street, I’d rather be here. [Gusto’s is] comfortable, has a good atmosphere, and it smells like coffee,” Williams said.
Even while Gusto’s employees are hard at work, they say they love the atmosphere that comes along with students occupying the seats. Andreea Smith said she wants students to take advantage of the convenient setting.
“It’s peaceful, calm and relaxing,” Smith said. “The more students come in the better. I’m not saying students shouldn’t go to the library at all, but here, it’s homey. I think people feel at home.”
Employees like Smith make the place better, according to Williams.
“I just love it,” Williams said. “Even everyone that works here is so nice.”
Smith said she’s just here to help, serve and respect others.
Rebekah Bricker, another employee at the coffee shop, also said that the students play an important factor to the atmosphere.
“Having more people here just makes it more welcoming,” Bricker said. “It’s always great to support a local business, and it nice to see [the students] here,” she said.