The Common Cup

Cultivating a Culture of Belonging

Undergrads, graduate students, and professionals alike use this space to study, meet, work, and relax. Whether you are stopping in briefly or settling in to study for hours, we're glad you're here. Find out about our updated mission and how we plan on accomplishing it by checking out our "Who We Are" section.

Who We Are

We have a huge transient community and understand it's hard to show support and love from afar. We now offer eGift Cards to help with this. This is all done through Square Register and is emailed immediately upon purchase.

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Crafting Great Experiences

We aim to create an excellent experience for each customer and we believe you deserve our best. While each item we serve has been prepared with care and patience, the ingredients play a major role in the final product.

We source our ingredients from local businesses providing high quality coffee, tea, and milk.

Our Partnerships

Art on Display: Merlis J. Nolan

Finding my artistic voice.

I am inspired the moment my canvas is places upon my drafting table. My abstractions are drawn from geometry of misplaced shapes and how they either battle for space on the canvas or how they connect to shapes next to them. There is no story to tell with my paintings other than how the colors and shapes speak to me or the viewer.

My primary medium is acrylic on canvas and I use all kinds of non traditional painting tools and specifically don't use brushes to create my imagery. I'm drawn to touching the paints with hands and using carving and other workshop tools to create.

I received my BFA in photography and jewelry design and then found my calling in academia at the University of Michigan. This puts a pause on my creative side and I didn't take up art until the pandemic hit and I found myself needing to fill the isolation with creativity.

Artist Website

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Starting January 2







We are closed from Dec. 20 through Jan. 1, as we are taking a break over the holidays.




1511 Washtenaw Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104