Our heart is here, our first home, where immigrants and refugees from over 45 countries across five continents live and work together. More than 60 different languages are spoken in the one square mile that makes up downtown Clarkston. We find so much beauty in our home, and we think you will, too. Here’s what our mayor, Ted Terry, has to say about Refuge:
“The bright red coffee truck, the smell of freshly made Ethiopian sambusas, and residents from all over the world eating, drinking, and laughing together: It exemplifies everything that makes our community great. I love spending my office hours there and at all the other businesses around town owned by Americans of all stripes. These great Clarkston companies have employees originally from Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, and Afghanistan, in addition to nearby Atlanta.”
We’re less than half a mile outside I-285, four miles from Decatur, and yet—in some ways—a world apart. We hope you’ll pay us a visit soon!
4170 E Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Clarkston, GA 30021
Photo credit: Taryn Shultz
Located just east of Downtown Atlanta, the Sweet Auburn district is steeped in history. And we are humbled to be in this very place. The birthplace of civil rights pioneer Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., some believe Sweet Auburn is the best place on Earth to connect with his enduring legacy.
The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site is a few blocks away from Refuge Coffee Sweet Auburn. Our shop is in the former home of The Atlanta Daily World, one of the earliest and most influential black newspapers and across the street from the Alonzo Hearnden Building, former home of the Atlanta Life Insurance Company, today the largest black-owned stockholder insurance company in America.
This place is the heart of what Dr. King called the “Beloved Community.” We are honored to bring a part of Clarkston’s “Welcoming Community” here!
145 Auburn Ave. NE Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Our Midtown coffee shop is located at the beautiful Woodruff Arts Center in Midtown. We believe The Woodruff Arts Center shares a vision that is similar to ours: Space to breathe. Invitation to dream.
Welcome to all.
The tools may be different—beauty, drama, and music instead of coffee (although we happen to think there’s beauty and drama in coffee, too!!)—but the goal is the same, to welcome everyone to a place of refuge. If you are visiting The Alliance Theater, The Atlanta Symphony, The High Museum, or simply walking through the neighborhood, we invite you to stop in and drink coffee with us.