Nestled on Limestone Street next to the Atomic café on the corner of Third Street, Third Street Stuff and Coffee is a colorful world of sights and tastes to stimulate the senses. When Third Street Stuff first opened 14 years ago, it was just a small arts and crafts shop. Since then it has grown into a thriving bistro serving coffee, tea and gourmet sandwiches.
Since day one, Third Street Stuff has viewed itself as a community center. "A lot of places operate with the idea that if it doesn’t make dollar, it doesn’t make sense, but we do things a little bit differently" says Hendrick Anderson, a long time employee.
This community-first mindset has drawn in a lot of students from nearby Transylvania University. For many, the shop’s bright, welcoming environment represents an escape from the stress of academia.
The shop’s locally roasted and Fair Trade Certified Organic coffee was voted “Best Cup of Coffee” by ACE Weekly’s ‘Best of Lex 2007 & 2008’. During happy hour, everyday between 5-7pm, patrons can enjoy ½ price on all coffee and tea. The shop recently installed a new grill and now offers an even greater selection of “hot melty samiches” on the menu.
In addition to regularly featuring pieces by local artists, Third Street Stuff and Coffee hosts a poetry night from 7:30pm-10:00pm on the 22nd of every month and live, acoustic music performed by Jerry Moody at 8pm every Wednesday.
The intense, visual side of Third Street Stuff springs from the heart and mind of artist and owner Pat Gerhard, whose exaggerated sense of color and style sets this place apart.