What’s more fun than antiquing and eating? Not much! Keith and I combined these two awesome activities antiquing and eating while on a hosted trip in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Arriving in time for a dinner on Friday night at Strawberry Alley Ale Works we loved this brewery/dining spot. Strawberry Alley Ale Works is located along Clarksville’s historic Strawberry Alley. Kyle Beckner, Strawberry Alley Ale Works bar manager shared they have been open since April. He mentioned the building was used for several things. It was a textile for the military and a former popular night spot and a German restaurant. “We try to pay homage to them,” Kyle said.
And so they have! Whether you are talking about using the left over grain from the brewery to feed the cows, or using the 100-year old floor joists made of poplar for the tables. They are also using local vendors. T-shirts are from a local fireman and the lampposts are made by a local metal worker. The menu reflects the past with a tribute to the German history. Keith kept that in mind when ordering. I went with a lighter fare, but we both loved our choices and the beer as well!
Emily Vince the bartender posed with Kyle. We even got a fun picture of our server Drake, who was a hoot.
Before heading out on Saturday morning antiquing, we had breakfast at the Yada Yada Bakery. I ordered an egg and cheese wrap. Owner Darla Knight recommended their special Devil’s brew tea and this special blend held me over most of the morning.
Keith kept it simple with a blue berry muffin and COFFEE!
This deli is a fun place where people come in for conversation as much as their morning brew. Its a family business and it was their daughter that steered them to open the coffee house.
After a bit of chit chat, we learned that Yada Yada Deli will be moving into Clarksville’s historic Federal Building sometime in the near future. In fact, Darla and her husband gave us a tour of this building that is listed on the Federal Register.
The building has been taken down to the studs and the Knights are making it their own. “We want to keep the integrity of the building, and we are going to rebrand. We are going to have a coffee shop, a full bar and table service, food mall, and pizza ovens from Italy they are wood fired,” Darla said.
She described some pretty awesome inspired food that will come out of those wood fired ovens that reach a heat of 10,000 degrees. She had chefs in training out in California when we spoke.
After dining, chatting and touring, we headed out for a bit of shopping. One of our first stops of the morning was Warehouse Forty One.
Warehouse Forty One was a fun place with lots of furniture and fun items. The owners said the place was once an indoor sporting area and it was easy to see. I love this area there are several stores along the way and they are very creative. The owners posed with their grandson for us, this was a wonderful family place with reasonable prices.
This store is along several and we also stopped at You Never Know which carries antiques, primitives and up-cycled and re-purposed furniture and more. I found a very cool old cheese box with a neat rooster design on it there.
While there were other shops along the way, I wanted to be sure and take Keith to Silke’s Old World Breads. We stopped in and shared an Apricot tart. This bakery is amazing!
We also stopped in at Out of the Past Antique and Collectibles and Madison Street Antiques which were fun little shops. We loved hitting Christmas in July at Miss Lucille’s Marketplace where I found a cool dress at Christmas in July prices! Merry Christmas to me!
Sunday before hitting the road we wanted a downhome pancake breakfast and Matthew and Tyson at the Riverview Inn found us G’s Pancake House. There is service for you. Simple fare in a downhome environment, this was just what we were looking for.
The pecan pancakes were AMAZING!
Food and antiques fun in Clarksville, it doesn’t get any better!