Coffee Shop to call Bluff City home
In the former Kiser Supply building across from the Bluff City Little League Field, South Fork Coffee Shop is preparing to open in the next two weeks. Alderman Jeff Broyles says the business plans to open Feb. 1 2022, if all of the equipment can be installed in time.
The South Fork Coffee Shop will be both an asset to the community, as a place where people can drink coffees and talk with friends. It may be a place where people can show up and order coffee and get a bit of work done too, depending upon the internet and Wi-Fi service provided in the business.
While parking may be limited at the coffee shop, there is ample parking just across the road at the boat ramp/ball field parking lot. Another city lot is close by at the river walk at the caboose.
The shop is being established as a business that will funnel profits to the nonprofit Impact Community Center, at the former Bluff City Middle School/Bluff City High School. The idea of starting a business just to fund a nonprofit agency is a novel idea.
The Impact Center Foundation, which owns and operates the community centers at both the former Holston Valley Middle School and the former Bluff City Middle School/high school, is a faith-based organization supporting the community and businesses in the greater Bluff City area.
A coffee shop may bring more people into Bluff City during the daytime or keep them there while they work remotely and meet friends or colleagues for work and pleasure. We are anticipating a warm reception and some caffeine from the new destination.