Mid-South natives Brandon and Tracy Stakelbeck spent some time in Portland, Ore., where they fell in love with neighborhood coffee shops. Attracted to Nashville’s creative community, they moved here and opened Portland Brew. Business is bustling at their outpost in the 12 South neighborhood, thanks to great coffee and tea drinks, delicious muffins and baked goods, a small menu of breakfast bagels, a separate menu for grilled sandwiches on freshly baked baguettes, and a friendly staff who knows your name, where you live and how you like your coffee. Well-behaved young teens gather for after-school cocoa and group homework assignments. It’s home base for countless official and unofficial meetings of neighborhood groups and associations. Portland Brew's second location on Murphy Road, in a larger building with booths and tables, is just up the street from where the coffeehouse originally began in Sylvan Park.
A 24-hour coffeehouse and café with an outdoor patio, Café Coco is like a childhood teddy bear, a bit worn for the wear, but it’s still a favorite haunt of youthful local musicians and their support teams, as well as caffeine-fueled students on an all-night cram. Vegetarian-friendly.