Nashville hangout spots: coffee with a cause

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By Christy Ulmet

Sometimes the stress of the semester requires that students venture off campus to find places to study. Here are two coffee shops similar in mission to Abba Java where you can feel good about spending your money.

The Well
Amidst the buzz of theGreen Hills shopping area liesThe Well. It all started with aman named Rob Touchstone,who had a vision to open up a coffee shop with more of a purpose than just satisfying the
coffee kick. Alongside five others, Touchstone sought to answer one question: What would it look like to be the church outside of a church building?
They decided to open The Well. Through opening a coffee shop, Touchstone felt that he could “get outside the church and get more involved in peoples’ lives.”
The coffeehouse gets its name from the story in John chapter four, where Jesus meets a woman at the well. When he provides her that living water, she begins to go and share the good news with people she interacts with.
All profits from The Well go towards providing people around the world with one of life’s most essential elements: water. The coffeehouse has partnered with The Living Water Project and Blood:Water
Mission, two local non-profits with expertise on building wells that help provide wells for people around the world. The Well opened its doors in July of last year and has seen God provide in countless ways through its business.
The Well is located at 2035 Richard Jones Road, Nashville, TN 37215 and is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.
Thistle Stop Café
On a little corner in West Nashville rests Thistle Stop Café. Take a step inside and notice the beautiful hardwood floors and the pretty teacup chandeliers hanging above the tables. Behind the counters of this quaint, new coffee shop are women who have survived lives of prostitution, trafficking and addiction. Open since May of this year, Thistle Stop Café has become known for its Nashville-based and fair trade coffees, teas and yummy sandwiches.
At Thistle Stop Café, there is “a story in every cup.” A branch of Magdalene, a residential program for women who have survived lives of prostitution, trafficking, addiction and life on the streets, ThistleStop Café allows women of the Magdalene community to have jobs. All of the proceeds help fund Thistle Farms, the social enterprise of Magdalene. The enterprise employs more than 40 Magdalene residents and graduates. 
At Thistle Farms, women learn different work skills as they make natural bath and body products that are environmentally friendly. The products can be found at Thistle StopCafé. The café exists as a gathering place for the Nashville community and guests to Thistle Farms. The café also serves as a concert venue and has upcoming performances featuring Erin McCarley and Lulu Mae among others. For more information about the concerts go to thistlestopcafe.org.
Thistle Stop Café is located at 5128 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209 and is open 7a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
This article originally appeared in the October 2013 TrevEchoes.
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