Knoxville store will feature coffee from around the world

KNOXVILLE – A 20-year vision will come true when Stir Coffee Company opens next month in downtown Knoxville.

Joel and Kim Lewis plan to open Stir Coffee Company at 226 E. Main St. in Knoxville, a property that recently housed Beans N Things.

“Well, I had an idea about 20 years ago to want to buy a bar,” said Joel Lewis. “It never materialized. So life kind of put everything on hold.

“About four years ago, my mom passed away. Since then, I really wanted to run my own business. It was kind of ‘don’t let go of life’ kind of. I really didn’t want to do it. bar longer and deal with the issues that come with it. So I was just waiting for a chance to slap myself in the face, and that was it. “

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The “hit me in the face moment” came when the owners of Beans N Things, Beth and Bernie Windom, recently decided to retire and put the business up for sale.

“It was pretty funny,” Lewis said. “Beth announced that Beans N Things was for sale. My wife said we should buy it. So I spoke to Beth and Bernie and we made a deal.

“I came home one day and said to my wife, ‘oh, we bought Beans n Things’. She didn’t believe me at first. But once I convinced her I wasn’t kidding, she was into it. “

Lewis admits it will be a lawsuit and layoff in the coffee shop industry, which he plans to start in the first week of December.

“We have no experience running a cafe,” he said. “I work for BNSF and my wife Fashion Farm Boutique in Kickapoo and Farmington. Since then we have emerged from the espresso theory ourselves.”

According to Lewis, Stir Coffee Company will offer coffees from all over the world. Its main supplier of beans will come from the company Thirty-three Coffee Co, based in Peoria.

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Lewis said Stir will focus on drinks and pastries from The Carriage House bakery in Galesburg.

“We won’t serve food like Beth,” he said. “We sure didn’t want to compete with his chicken salad. We hope his previous customers will give us a chance and people who have never been here will come as well.

“We are committed to making everyone feel welcome. We would like to make this a place where people can come and relax or just grab something and go.”

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Hours will be 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Stir will have indoor seating and offer take out and curbside service. Lewis said the store is also looking for an app for online orders.

Going forward, Lewis said Stir will explore a monthly open mic musical night.

Joel and Kim Lewis have lived in the Knoxville School District for 26 years and have four children: Nolan (26), Jaxson (23), Elliot (16) and Piper (15).

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Asked about the Stir Coffee Company name, Lewis said: “When we sat down and tried to think of a name, we knew we wanted something eclectic and a little different.

“Our daughters Piper and Elliot came up with Stir, and Kim and I added the coffee company. So that’s fine with me.”

Lewis said he can’t wait to make his dream come true.

“We hope to give the people of the Knoxville community a place of their own,” he said. “We are from here and we raised our family here.

“Although everyone from all communities is obviously welcome. We just want to serve people great coffee, great baked goods and good old school quality conversation.”

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