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Mayor Brian Hatch
City of Knoxville
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"Knoxville Raceway and the Marion County Fair belong to the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce because that is a gateway to the Knoxville and Marion County community. They provide valuable services to our guests and members who come to town to enjoy the races."
"We're a proud Chamber member because we feel like it's important to give back to our community. The community's only as strong as what we put back in."
Peace Tree Brewery
Business of the Month!
For the past three-and-a-half years, my husband, Mark, and I have owned and managed The Coffee Connection on the north side of the Knoxville square. We purchased this local coffee shop in January, 2012. At the time, Mark was unemployed and searching for something new to try. In November, 2011, when we heard that the coffee shop was up for sale, we took an immediate interest. Running a business is something Mark has always wanted to do, and owning a coffee shop is something we have thought about together for a long time.
We did not have long to make our decision. It had been up for sale for quite some time before we actually heard about it, and in the next few weeks we spent diligent hours talking and praying to see if this was the direction we were supposed to take. In late-December, just before Christmas, we made a decision.
It’s been said that it takes four to five years for a business to make a profit. It has been a long and often very difficult journey to get through these past few years. We have relied heavily on our five children and a few family members, but it has been worth every moment. We’ve been blessed to witness and be a part of the growth and revitalizing of what was once a dying business. Though some days it is exhausting , there is an inseparable aspect of reward that comes from a day of serving people.
Mark and I strongly believe in the words of 1 Corinthians 10:31, which says that “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” This has been our driving force since we bought The Coffee Connection. Not only have we seen a small business come alive on the Knoxville square, but we have seen that same business grow into a house of prayer, a place of fellowship and community connection. From the start, we have approached this business with the mindset that it is in God’s hands. Our success can be attributed to only one thing: His good grace.
Our mission has been to serve the community of Knoxville with a friendly environment where they can come and sit, enjoying good coffee and good company, and always feel welcome. We train our employees to be kind and polite to our patrons, because they are the lifeblood of the business. We try to serve all with the same gladness and courtesy, because they are all important to us.
Through the past three-and-a-half years as business owners, we have seen a consistent influx of new regulars, new customers, new faces. Every once and a while we still get people in the shop who have never been here before, and that is always an exciting moment. Our family has been blessed to be so involved in the community through the course of this journey, and we hope to continue to be so for many years to come.
--Lori Raymie, Owner
The Coffee Connection is located at 213 E Main St. on the square in Knoxville. They are open Monday through Friday 6:00 am to 8:00 pm, and Saturday 6:30 am to 5:00 pm For Catering please call 641-218-8260.