It's the project of Tonya Lewis, a former high school counselor who says she always wanted to open a coffee shop and was inspired by convivial coffee and juice spots in larger cities like Chicago. With the help of her fiancé Chris Cowley, she plans to open The Post East as a community hangout and place for high-quality fresh beverages.
The space at 1701 Fatherland, a former stained-glass shop, is under construction, with a new interior designed by David Hunter of Design House. Inside the shop, Lewis will not only serve up coffee and espresso, she'll make fresh smoothies and sell cold-pressed juices that will be bottled in house.
Popular East Nashville baker Nicole Wolf, known for her wedding cakes (and currently, king cakes for Mardi Gras) will share the space, preparing muffins, tarts and other baked goods for the cafe. Lewis also hopes to offer a separate line of fresh gluten-free treats.
To get the word out, Lewis and team have been visiting the Farmers' Market and other events, showcasing the bottled juices. Cowley says they've made good connections with local farmers and will source veggies and fruits locally whenever possible, and organic whenever possible.
The neighborhood is getting lively; The Post East is catty-corner from the new Olive and Sinclair chocolate shop at 1628 Fatherland St. "We're excited to build a little community here," Cowley says.
The buildout began this week. If all goes well, Lewis hopes to launch a soft opening in mid-April. Follow the progress on The Post East page on Facebook.