Rogersville is known as one of Tennessee’s oldest towns, settled in 1775 by David Crockett’s grandparents. One of the historic town’s most visited areas is its well preserved Main Street adorned with locally owned shops, an Inn where three former Presidents have stayed and a coffee shop that’s atmosphere is as relaxing as a stroll through the historic district.
Coffee at the Kyle has only been serving its smooth brews on Main Street Rogersville for a few months, but when we walked in on a Monday, there was no doubt that the secret was already out. With a variety of seating options inside, including bistro tables for two and lounging couches with a view of the historic Hale Springs Inn and McKinney’s Tavern across the street, visitors can also take their treats outside on the patio behind the shop.
The staff was in the middle of preparing muffins that we were told would sell out as soon as they hit the counter. Coffee at the Kyle also prepares soups such as White Chicken Chili, Carrot Cumin and French Peasant for lunch. Popular drinks include traditional espresso, flavored lattes, cold brews, chi teas and green smoothies. But, we opted for the frozen mocha, after seeing several customers walk out with one.
The detail behind the atmosphere inside this quaint coffee shop is complimentary to the eclectic history of Rogersville. The owners Stephanie and Randy Lord are former engineers and developers, who also own Red Dog Ridge Farms in Rogersville, specializing in a natural experience of picking your own fruits and vegetables providing chemical and pesticide free Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries and Peaches. Many of the locally grown ingredients from the Farm are used in Coffee at the Kyle’s recipes. Coffee at the Kyle got its start at the Holston Business Development Center’s Small Business Incubator, offering start up support services for local entrepreneurs.
After starting the morning in Rogersville at the coffee shop, a stroll along Main Street Rogersville was in order. Among Northeast Tennessee’s most welcoming towns, Rogersville’s landscaping throughout the Historic District provides the perfect backdrop for pictures against the historic buildings.
Or, if combining chef expertly paired meals while browsing through an 1824 Inn where three former U.S. Presidents have stayed is your thing, stop by the Hale Springs Inn and McKinney’s Tavern for lunch or dinner.
With history, heritage and locally owned shops, Rogersville makes for the perfect place to take in small town America at its best.
For additional information on Rogersville, visit www.rogersvillechamber.us.