The Shop Local Campaign: The Pineapple Tea Room


Hello all my lovelies!

For a little bit of a recap, last Tuesday I shared that I was starting a new project that involved giving local businesses some street cred. You can read the original post here.


Since I moved away from my hometown, although I still live in Kentucky, now “local” to me means anywhere from Harragote, Tennessee to Lexington, Kentucky. I am constantly making trips back to my hometown, stopping along the way to shop at small businesses.


When I tell people about my new home, Middlesboro, KY many people recognize as the town with the tunnel. Middlesboro is on the border of Kentucky and Tennessee. This tunnel is a long stretch with amazing views on both ends. Seriously, I love Appalachia.

Maybe a quarter of a mile past the tunnel going into Tennessee, there is an exit to a quaint, small town, most people call, “The Gap.”


For my blog followers, this is the town I was referring to in the vlog from the Ribbed Scarf post. No surprise, being deprived of Starbucks here in Middlesboro, my favorite local place to go to is The Pineapple Tea Room in this Cumberland Gap.


I don’t know too many people down here yet, but any time I don’t want to go straight home, I run out to the Pineapple Tea Room to just sit, sip coffee, and web surf. And eat their delicious Alaskan Burgers. Omg.


I love the open atmosphere and sense of fellowship between people, whether you are a regular, or a new customer walking in the door. I feel like this is one of those places that you can walk into, and merrily chat with anyone. The owners are very sweet. They actually take the time to get to know their customers, plus they’re big promoters of shopping local too! Plus, their taste of decor is on point!


My favorite part of the food is their fries are unbelievably delicious. Their coffee lattes are competitive to Starbucks. If I could I would drink it every day!

If you ever find yourself in the area, do yourself a favor and stop by The Pineapple Tea Room…you won’t be disappointed, I promise.



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