Business is “Blooming”
Bloom Café and Listening Room opened last Friday at 606 State St. This is a lifelong ambition of proprietor Emily Fehr. She worked at a coffee house years ago and caught the bug to own her own business. Emily entered the Believe in Bristol business plan/grant contest and was selected as one of the Tennessee grant winners. After 9 weeks of business classes and a lot of planning, Bloom is the result. It is an attractive spot that serves coffee and espresso drinks as well as beer. They open at 7:00 AM and are there late, serving meals all day long from breakfast to dinner and beyond. Crepes are the specialty of the house along with a variety of soups, salads and sandwiches. Emily plans on having live music on site once she gets the operation rolling. Stop by and say hello – and enjoy a crepe – at this new and welcome addition to Downtown Bristol.
Elderbrew, the newest downtown brewery
You’ll find our newest brewery at 24 6th Street, just a half block off State St. Officially Elderbrew Nano Brewery & Taproom, founder Chris Bryant and fellow proprietor Michael Peck plan to keep eight beers on tap, some of their own creation and some interesting regional beers they have discovered that are not generally being offered locally. These guys started out as home brewers, not an uncommon story in this business. Their own offerings tend toward more abstract recipes – they certainly are not afraid to experiment. The brewery itself is a nice, open space with a modernist bar. They intend to offer space to local artists to display their creations as well as hosting other type of events; for example, last Friday they hosted a Fire Market with many different types of chili peppers, etc. Oh, and their music is generated from an actual turntable! Stop by, have a taste or two and settle on a pint to enjoy. Elderbrew is a welcome addition to the Bristol brewery scene. Cheers!