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Cozy Up in our Favorite Local Coffee Shops

November 18, 2021

It’s hard to beat the feeling of a hot cup of coffee on a cold winter morning, and sometimes, your personal coffee pot just doesn’t cut it. At Norfolk Homes we’ve put together a list of a few coffee shops and cafes around our communities that have just what you’ll need to satisfy your taste buds when the snow falls in your neighborhood.

Ann Arbor 

As an Ann Arbor staple, we simply had to include Zingerman’s Deli on our list—they truly have it all. For over 30 years, Zingerman’s has grown into a renowned business, with Zingerman’s Delicatessen, Roadhouse restaurant, Bakehouse, Candy Manufactory Store and of course, Zingerman’s Coffee Company. You can stop in for a grocery run, pick up a deli sandwich to-go on your lunch break or spend a weekend morning enjoying a fresh cup of coffee with a friend. Whatever you want—Zingerman’s has it. 

What started as a local coffee shop has now grown into a nationwide success, Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea is one of our favorite places to frequent. Apart from having incredible hot coffee choices to enjoy on a daily basis, they also have a few frozen festive drinks that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

The Drip House caters to whatever your needs may be on any given day. Their weekly source of fresh coffee beans ensures that you’ll love everything on the menu whether that’s drip coffee, lattes or specialty drinks. With organic and vegan-friendly pastry items available as well, everyone will be able to find something to enjoy.

So good, they opened two—get a steaming cup of RoosRoast Coffee at either of their locations in Ann Arbor, and take in the incredible cozy atmosphere in each. This Christmas season, think about creating a Build A Box from RoosRoast Coffee for someone in your life. Simply select the box, choose your favorite coffee, add in a fun extra like a t-shirt, mug or chocolate bars and type out a personalized message for a gift the coffee connoisseur in your life will love. 


If you’re in the mood for something sweet to pair with your coffee, there’s no better place in Chelsea to frequent than the Chelsea Bakery. What’s better? Our Westchester Farms community is just a 5 minute drive away from the local shop.

Close to the Chelsea Bakery, you’ll also find Zou Zou’s Cafe. For 21 years, this cafe has been one of the social hubs of Chelsea, and it’s no surprise as to why. Entering the cafe takes you back in time with the modern atmosphere mixing with the historical presence the shop has held since being built in the 1800s. Enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning with your favorite breakfast pastry, then come back around in the evening for a glass of wine or beer. Whatever it is you’re craving, Zou Zou’s Cafe has you covered.


In Dexter, the holiday seasons aren’t complete without a trip to the Dexter Bakery. Whether you want to pair your cup of coffee with an apple spice cake donut in the fall or place a custom order for frosted Valentine’s Day cookies when February rolls around, this shop has everything you need. 

With americanos, cappuccinos, lattes, espressos and a huge assortment of specialty drinks, Joe and Rosie Coffee and Tea has everything you could possibly need in your local coffee shop— and with cozy brick and wood paneled walls, it’s the perfect spot to curl up with a warm drink on a cold day. The coffee shop is located within a 5 minute drive from two of our communities, The Preserve of Dexter and Arlington Woods, so there’s never a bad moment to go.


Each day at the Jackson Coffee Company, the coffee beans are roasted in-house to ensure that each cup of coffee they serve is as fresh as it can be. You can’t get much better service than this in Jackson, Michigan.

This next local coffee shop was founded by a husband and wife duo in town, who were focused on finding the best way to brew coffee— and they succeeded. Whether you’re looking for a place to sit and relax with an exquisite drink or are interested in gaining a coffee subscription from the shop, you’ll want to check out Fortress Coffee & Cafe.  


Wouldn’t it be nice if you could simply throw on a hat and some gloves, grab your coat, walk out of your front door and be minutes away from your favorite coffee shop? If so, Matty J’s Bakery and Cafe is the perfect place for our homeowners at Fosdick Glen of Saline


With our newest community, Emerald Hills, coming soon in Marshall, we didn’t want to pass up on the opportunity to add in Serendipity & The Brew— a one stop shop for delicious coffee, gourmet foods and an incredible assortment of home decor and gift ideas. 

At Norfolk Homes, we build our communities in areas we know our homeowners will love. Whether you want more information about Emerald Hills or want to check out our additional communities with remaining homesites, give us a call at (734) 336-1912 or contact us online

My husband and I are building our first home with Norfolk Homes in the Mystic Ridge community. We have had nothing but an amazing experience with Marisa and the rest of the Norfolk team. We started the entire process in December 2020 not knowing what to expect. Despite being in the middle of a global pandemic, we are so happy we've made the decision to trust Marisa (and Ralph!) to make our custom home dreams come true! We understood going in, that with COVID-19, materials and labor were going to be hard to come by, but Ralph has been working very hard to ensure our house will be built quickly and correctly within our realistic timeframe. We cannot wait to move in and in the meantime are telling all of our friends to build a home in our new neighborhood.