Gary Moulliet, The Coffee Cup on Carroll, 900 Carroll St., Perry, 224-5282, www.thecoffeecuponcarroll.com. He and his wife, Charlene Moulliet, co-own the business with Marty Myers.
Hours: 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
How long have you been in business?: "We actually bought into the business in 2014. We did some significant changes, so it's not the same place it was back then. ... For a number of years, even before I retired from the military, we had a wedding business. My wife was an event coordinator and I did DJ and sound support."
They met the former owner, Marty Myers, and he was familiar with their work and ask them to partner with him "to basically fix the Coffee Cup. ... It was a business that was close to closing."
They are in partners in the ownership, "but my wife and I are 100 percent in charge of the operation."
What do you like best about your job?: "I think it is the atmosphere that we can create for travelers who are just passing through or locals who live here and visit us just about every day. We try to create an environment ... (that's) sort of a throwback to a simpler or quieter time where people can relax and socialize ... and enjoy some good food and drink.
"We worked for Disney for many years in guest relations and we try and bring the magic of that experience here on a scale that we can do."
What is your specialty?: "We do all the specialty coffees. ... In addition, we do a full breakfast. ... We serve breakfast all day long, (as well as) hot and cold sandwiches, wraps, smoothies. ... Our coffee is locally roasted and it's organic, and our ingredients are fresh and when possible Georgia grown. We want to do as much as we can to support the local community."
Once a month the shop partners with the Perry Historic Society to do a one-hour presentation called A Cup of History, which reflects Perry's history. And every other Friday night it holds A Cup of Music, featuring "up and coming local artists." Go to the shop's Facebook page or website for more information.
What are your future plans?: "We have some ideas that we're working on to introduce at The Cup this year. We're from New Orleans, so we want to introduce a few more items on a specialty basis -- both food and events."
-- Linda S. Morris