After our hike in the Smoky Mountains, Austin and I spent the night in Knoxville, Tennessee on our road trip from South Carolina to Kentucky. We wanted a few hours to explore Knoxville before finishing our drive to Lexington, so we woke up bright and early and found our way to Remedy Coffee. (Because finding a good coffee shop is an absolute must any time we visit a new city.)
A place for coffee and conversation. A place to meet new friends and gather with old friends. A place to sit and relax. A place to be. The “third place” is a term coined by Ray Oldenburg in his influential book, “The Great Good Place”. Third places are where people can regularly visit to take it easy, meet with friends and neighbors and whoever just happens to show up. That’s our goal…to create a space where you can meet your neighbors, start new friendships, discuss ideas, interact with others, and enjoy delicious coffee and tea.
It was early on a Sunday morning and it wasn’t very busy so we struck up a conversation with our barista. Austin and I were admiring the space and he informed us that the location used to be a children’s theatre before it became a coffee shop. We loved the exposed ceilings, wide open floorpan, and the huge windows that let in tons of natural light.
Such a beautiful rainbow of colored syrups.
Remedy Coffee has a wonderfully simple menu and once we had our drinks, Austin and I made our way over to a couch so we could sit and savor them.
It’s not often I see London Fog Lattes on a coffee shop menu. When I saw it on the menu at Remedy Coffee, I couldn’t resist. (I usually make my own London Fog Lattes.)
After our coffee (and tea) we made our way to World’s Fair Park and Market Square to walk around and stretch our legs before getting back in the car.
The weather was sunny and in the 90s, but it felt so good to be outside and soaking in the sunshine at World’s Fair Park.
The Sunsphere is an 266 foot high hexagonal steel truss structure, topped with a 75 foot gold-colored glass sphere that was constructed for the 1982 World’s Fair. During that time, it served as the symbol of the Fair and, today, it remains as one of only two remaining structures from that World’s Fair.
Our next stop was Market Square. Established in 1854 as a market place for local farmers, the square has since developed to an outdoor shopping mall that provides gathering place for artists, musicians, families, activists, and more. Since it was still morning time, most of the shops were closed, but Austin and I still enjoyed taking in the sights and admiring the old buildings and beautiful architecture.
All too soon, it was time to say goodbye to Knoxville and to our brief time in Tennessee so we could continue making our way to our new home (for the next few months) in Kentucky. We loved our time in Knoxville, though, I and would love to go back for a longer visit and experience more of the rich history and thriving community of the city.
Have you been to Knoxville?
Do you have a favorite city in Tennessee?