Nashville-based roaster and retailer, the Well Coffeehouse, opened their newest location on Music Row on April 2. Serving coffee at the former location of the historic Koinonia bookstore, the new coffee shop is located at 1000 16th Avenue South at Grand Avenue, Nashville.
The Well Koinonia will be open seven days a week, serving coffee and espresso beverages, teas and smoothies, as well as made-to-order breakfast, lunch and in-house baked pastries. The historic stage inside the location will soon host regular live music and performance events. Operating hours are Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
A series of grand opening events are being planned throughout the summer and will be announced at a later date.
Known to some as the birthplace of Contemporary Christian Music, the original Koinonia Bookstore was once a bookstore, coffeehouse and meeting place in the ’70s and ’80s. The location received its historic marker designation from The Historical Commission of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County in the summer of 2019, citing its significance in the history where artists Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith once shared their first songs.
“We are honored to be invited to steward the legacy and history of this space,” says Mike Lenda, CEO of The Well Coffeehouse. “This location holds important significance in Nashville’s music and spiritual history, and we are excited to revive this corner on Music Row to make an impact locally and globally through great coffee and great music.”
The Well donates its profits to build water projects in coffee growing regions as many of the countries that produce the world’s supply of coffee are also the communities that struggle with access to safe drinking water. Since opening the first location in 2012, over 20,000 people have received clean drinking water in over 50 communities across the globe from The Well’s contributions.
“Our desire is to love full circle. Through the coffee we source, roast and serve, we get to use our profits to care for our coffee farmers, staff, our community and give back to the communities that grow our coffee,” Lenda adds. “This location will allow us to fulfill our mission even more, and we are excited to see the impact this location will continue to make in the lives of those we serve daily.”
This location marks the fifth Nashville-area location, including Seven Springs on Old Hickory Blvd in Brentwood, Granny White Pike in Green Hills across from Lipscomb University, Linbar Dr in the Linbar Business Park near Harding Pike and I-24, and Hwy 70 S in the Bellevue One Shopping Center in Bellevue.
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