Fall In Love with South Press
UPDATE November 24, 2022
Thursday Thanksgiving and Friday Closed. Open Friday night for Friendsgiving Event 6-8pm. All are welcome. Saturday hours 8am-6pm, Closed Sunday and Monday.)
Winter Hours Closed Sunday and Monday, Tuesday thru Saturday 8am to 6pm.
South Press Coffee Celebrated 2 yrs as a Queer Sober Safe Space and Love of the LGBTQ Community of Knoxville TN. In my opinion this is truly a place to fall in love with. (Notice Hours changed back for winter months. Support South press and other LGBTQ Owned Businesses today and everyday so we can all continue to enjoy these great spaces. Nov 24, 2022 Beau Knowles.
Fall in Love with South Press
Sept 3, 2022
Beau Knowles Knox LGBT Businesses, photo credit Beau Knowles
South Press Coffee will celebrate its 2 yr anniversary this month 2022. South Press' Facebook Business Page states it is a " a locally sourced, eco-friendly, hand crafted coffee and tea house" however, in my opinion this little slice of rainbow heaven has become a LGBTQ+ Ally's community favorite place to congregate.
The shop's location is 3615 Chapman Highway. This is their 2nd location in the last 2 years most likely due to outgrowing their previous store front. The newer location is 2800 square feet in size but only 100 yards away from where the original South Press coffee shop stood.
Joslynn Fish, the owner of South Press Coffee shop, recently went to her business social media account to ask for viewer assistance with the new extended hours of her coffee shop "Us being open this late only works if the space is filled with people and kind of make it worth it for us to be open late. Um. So if you have a little time to come visit us or even if you don't have time to come see us...if everybody that this reached would just reach out to 5 friends that enjoy South Press, who appreciate the community we are building here, could just share with them that the hours are extended out it would just be really helpful to have people in the space." (South Press Facebook Video "We are OPEN until 8pm" at 2 min 11 sec)
This review is my effort to reach 5 friends. ~Beau
Hours for Fall 2022 (google search)
"Tuesday 8am to 6pm
Wednesday 8am to 6pm
Thursday 8am to 8pm
Friday 8am to 8pm
Saturday 8am to 8pm
The shop is closed Sunday and Monday"
In another social media post Ms. Fish discusses coming events, "We have a lot of fun stuff coming up, so please stay tuned to our social media. Just staying open until 6 and 8 is not all we have in plans, we will be bringing back nighttime events, like trivia and bingo, drag shows, and burlesque shows, live music all of those things are coming back." (South Press Facebook Video "We are OPEN until 8pm" 4 min 48 sec)
I attended South Press' 1st Thursday Poetry night on September 1, 2022. I even got up on stage to read a piece I had just written. I received finger snaps for my effort, snapping your fingers is poetry slam applause. I am personally excited to see all the events South Press may plan for the future. Follow South Press on Instagram or Facebook for the most up to date information on their events.
I can see this coffee shop as a great study hub for students. The University of Tennessee Campus and Football Stadium are a mere 2 miles from the coffee shop. You can learn more about the University of Tennessee and the sports programs by visiting their websites at Tennessee Volunteers 2022 Football Season (UTSports.com)
I've come to think of South Press as a great place to find LGBTQ community. I tend to run into a new or old friend there every time I visit. I consider it a good place to take a respite from the chaos of the outside world. Inside the shop you can find more to do than just study, enjoy coffee or treats, there are board games, puzzles, baskets full of art supplies. Additionally, there are 4 libraries throughout the shop, and a comic book library as well.". Bookshelves of books provided by the Little Rainbow Library,
Stop by one day soon to see why you will "Fall in love with South Press."
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South Press Coffee Shop Award for Inclusivity
South Press Coffee 2021
Outside of South Press Coffee 3615 Chapman Hwy
News Story From 10 News about South Press Opening it's first shop