Sparta Day Trip – Artisan Aficionado

A walking tour of the arts of Sparta, Tennessee.

A GUIDE TO EXPLORING THE CUMBERLAND RIVER BASIN

Caney Fork watershed
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Welcome to Sparta, Tennessee! What follows is a fun walking tour of a beautiful little Tennessee town. Aside from the quaint rustic beauty that one would expect, you will also find that there is a vibrant artist community hidden in the nooks between historic buildings and alongside the deep blue water of the Calfkiller River.

The Coffee Collective
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The Coffee Collective

12 Liberty Square, Sparta, TN 38583

This downtown delight offers an array of in-house roasted coffee, teas, and specialty drinks (try the Lavender Latte- They make their own lavender!) Featuring breakfast delights, such as pastries and avocado toast, and also sandwiches and desserts for later arrivals. The vibrant atmosphere conveys the energy of entrepreneurship and creativity that downtown Sparta is embracing.

Synergy Herbal Works
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Synergy Herbal Works

14 Liberty Square, Sparta, TN 38583

An apothecary…in Sparta? Yes! Right next door to the Coffee Collective is Synergy Herbal Works that strives to build community awareness and education on natural health living and remedies. If you’re lucky, you might catch Paige making tinctures in the open air “kitchen” area. You can browse homemade or popular natural health items, including herbs, aromatherapy, soaps, or discover books on natural health practices. Synergy also offers comprehensive holistic consultations aimed to encourage your body to heal itself. Click here to complete your questionnaire and schedule a personalized consultation with the owner and registered clinical herbalist.

Fragant Mushroom Gallery
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Fragant Mushroom Gallery

12 W Bockman Way, Sparta, TN 38583

A downtown anchor in Sparta, the Fragrant Mushroom continues to delight locals and visitors with its unique pottery day after day. Though each piece has the distinctive characteristic of colorful combinations, you won’t find any two pieces just alike. Various themes and occasions are celebrated on mugs, bowls, plates, and more. Also featured in the gallery are paintings, metal sculptures, jewelry, and candles.

Aside from the owner’s prolific pottery, many other exceptional local artists consign their work to be sold here.

Mad Raven Books
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Mad Raven Books

255 W Bockman Way, Sparta, TN 38583

Follow the walking bridge over the blue waters of the Caney Fork River and find your way to Mad Raven Books.

Snuggle up to your next great book with a cup of coffee and pastry or have lunch in the cozy Mad Raven Books. A rare locally-owned used book shop offers great company and comfort food to reenergize your day.

 

 

Happy Trails Brewery & Taproom
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Happy Trails Brewery & Taproom

38 East W Bockman Way St. 3, Sparta, TN 38583

Make your way back to downtown to enjoy Happy Trails Brewing Co. featuring their own brews as well as those of the local Calfkiller Brewery (the OG’s of Tennessee craft brewing) and other microbrews from around the region.

In warmer months, their beer garden with outside seating is a lovely respite with plenty of space and sunshine. 

Oldham Theater & Liberty Square Amphitheater
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Oldham Theater & Liberty Square Amphitheater

3 Liberty Square, Sparta, TN 38583

As the home of Lester Flatt, Sparta stays true to its roots featuring live bluegrass, Americana, and more on Friday evenings in downtown Sparta at the Liberty Square Amphitheater.

Tavern Grill at 1 East Maple
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Tavern Grill at 1 East Maple

1 East Maple, Sparta, TN 38583

With classic and craft cocktails, as well as local craft beer, The Tavern Grill is Sparta’s hotspot for simple, comfort foods in a modern chic atmosphere.

Liberty Square Lofts
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Liberty Square Lofts

12 Liberty Square, Sparta, TN 38583

Located above The Coffee Collective and Synergy Herbal Works, these newly renovated modern lofts are the perfect location to unwind after a leisurely day exploring local artisan crafts in Sparta.

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