Residents in two Knoxville neighborhoods say they're eagerly awaiting the opening of a new local business. K Brew coffee house is slated to open next to the Fourth & Gill and Old North Knoxville neighborhoods October 19. It is located at the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Broadway.
(WBIR - North Knoxville) Residents in two Knoxville neighborhoods say they're eagerly awaiting the opening of a new local business.
K Brew coffee house is slated to open next to the Fourth & Gill and Old North Knoxville neighborhoods October 19. It is located at the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Broadway.
"It's really been a five year dream of ours to open up a coffee shop," said partner Michael LaMacchia.
K Brew said each month it will offer different coffees from around the world.
People on both sides of Broadway said they're excited to have a coffee house close by. Currently, the close coffee shops are located downtown. But, residents said K Brew represents much more than a place where they'll be able to get a caffeine fix.
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First, they said it will give them a place to gather in their community. Second, they said it will add to the commercial success the area has seen as of late.
"I think that businesses are starting to notice that there's a community here that has needs and is eager to support local business," said Old North Knoxville Resident Rebecca McCurdy.
An art studio recently opened next door to K-Brew in the same building. While multiple new businesses have appeared in Happy Holler, on the western edge of Old North Knoxville, over the last several years. Some residents said they were hopeful new stores like K Brew could cut down on blight and bump up property values.
"Absolutely, because that was a building [the K Brew location] where the previous owners had just not taken care of it," said Fourth and Gill resident Kaye Osborne.
Fourth and Gill resident Patrick McInturff bought the building at Glenwood and Broadway about a year ago. He told 10News he is hopeful what happened in Happy Holler can occur along Broadway.
"I would love to see that look in that area right there," he said. "The buildings we're built approximately the same time period."
McInturff said a few retail stores have expressed opening up shop in the building. He said an antique store has also expressed interest.
The LaMacchias said they are also actively seeking out baristas in the community for their new shop.