Thursday, July 19, 2012

Please Take Me To Barista Parlor

Like most of us coffee is the fuel in my engine, I'll admit to ingesting at least 2 cups of coffee a day. It's not just the coffee though that I enjoy but getting out of my apartment and spending time in a well curated little cafe really does get my creative side pumping. I cannot stress just how important environment is when it comes to choosing a place to settle down with my sketchbook and let my ideas flow. With so many ingeniously crafted places to choose from it has become somewhat of a challenge to find my next favorite location. I do know one thing for sure though if I'm ever visiting Nashville, Barista Parlor is definitely the type of spot that I could get very cozy in.

East coast transplant Andy Mumma has completely transformed this former transmission repair shop in East Nashville into an enlightened hybrid of old meets new design artisanal coffee and culture spot. Mumma has really taken it above and beyond to create a impressively curated space that is environmentally self aware and sustainable within the Nashville community. 

“I like that I know where everything in here was made", By displaying the work of the independent artists and craftsmen he admires, “they get to practice their craft and I get to give them exposure. A ton of people ask me where the things in here were made, and I’m always able to tell them."

Not unlike Old Hollywood, almost every inch of Baritsta Parlor is locally sourced one way or another. Some of my favorite mentionable's being their rugged plank tables, which we're crafted by local Tennessee artisan Aaron Rosburg, from a felled 250 year old poplar tree. Parlor's staff is outfitted in premium waxed-canvas aprons from local Emil Erwin of Emil Congdon leathers. Throughout the parlor is a theme of transportation that stems from Mumma's fascination with the coffee trade, who's primary mode of transport by sea has gone mostly unchanged. Local secondhand goods dealers Ahsley Sheehan and Kate Mills of Old Made Good are behind the finishing touches of BP's prop and wall decor. Last but not least is an 8 by 24 foot mural comprised of some 4,000 small hand pulled screen printed tiles of various sea creatures all culminating to make an enormous optical illusion that can be seen through the lens of a camera phone of a huge hull and masts of a slowly sinking ship. Printed by well known local letterpress shop Isle of Printing. BP's electricity is powered by a ingenious set up of solar panels on the roof and their are even 3 recharge outlets for those of you with electric cars. So many amazing things in one place be sure to check this spot out if your in the East Nashville area, until then we can all just obsess over what it's really like to be there, thanks Instagram.