When John and I first walked into the property on Lindell Street four years ago, we were humbled by the history of this progressive era structure. It had been partially restored in the downstairs but still needed a lot of love. In our daily conversations we would dream about someday owning the blue building on Lindell and created stories and scenarios of how we could live our best lives in that space. After months of "What if's", prayer, and dreaming, we received a call from the owner who was finally ready to make a deal. We moved our production business, Fernweh Fox, into building and tried our best to fill up the the space with furniture, desks, and a giant white board to house our giant ideas.
We installed our professional production gear, spent late nights editing films, and took turns racing each other across the concrete floor on our rolling office chairs. The space was a wide open shell that allowed our minds to explore new ideas, but one idea I couldn't shake was the thought that we weren't doing justice to the story of this history space. I told John about my idea to transform this space into a place of service and gratitude, a place to inspire others, a place for the community. I explained that this building was a wonderful creative studio, but the blue building on Lindell was meant to be more. That's when we created the name Martin Coffeehouse. We didn't know anything about coffee, except how to drink it, but we knew we were fast learners. We immediately started preparing the space with the idea of service in mind. We climbed ladders, patched holes, painted the floor, sanded boards, and sealed the walls. We researched roasters, crafted a menu, designed a logo, purchased supplies, and went furniture shopping. Every motion was done with an attitude of restoration. Every purchase, every design, every experimental recipe. On August 18, 2017 we opened our doors to the community of Martin, Tennessee. They flooded our shop with support, and have continued to support the story of this shop on Lindell Street ever since.