Third Street Stuff Feeds Our Hunger for Community

Pat Gerhard behind the counter at Third Street Stuff, Lexington, Kentucky

Pat Gerhard behind the counter at Third Street Stuff, Lexington, Kentucky

There was a time before Third Street Stuff (257 N. Limestone, Lexington, Kentucky -- it is near Third Street) added & Coffee to its name and its role in our community. That time is hard to remember. It seems now that Third Street Stuff, the gathering place with the delicious coffee and tea drinks and the yummy pastries and sandwiches and fruit juices and all, has been pulling us to its color and warmth forever.

Storefront of Third Street Stuff & Coffee, Lexington, Kentucky

Storefront of Third Street Stuff & Coffee, Lexington, Kentucky

But no, Third Street Stuff's café is strictly 21st century. In fact, once the "& Coffee" part got going behind the established store full of girl-power goodies, Lexington's sense of itself as a dynamic small city got going, too. Could be the caffeine, could be sugar, could be the sweetness and welcome coffee impresario Hendrick Floyd pours out on each customer, whether we deserve it or not.

Add in two important factors. First, the café serves as a container for countless planned and unplanned meetings about how to improve the community. Good things accelerate as a result.

Then add the uncountable ways Third Street Stuff owner Pat Gerhard says "Yes" to community initiatives, often way before even three other people see the possibilities she sees in a new community project.

Third Street Stuff & Coffee is Lexington's quintessential "third place." The first two places are home and work; third places are civic or public or community spaces where both friends and strangers, regulars and first-timers congregate. Third Street Stuff proves just how crucial third places are as it helps strengthen our city's life force.

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