THISTLE STOP CAFÉThistle Farms is opening a café this year. The Thistle Stop Café will be run by the women of Thistle Farms, and be located adjacent to the manufacturing facility. The Thistle Stop Cafe will be a welcoming space for people to nourish their bodies as well as their spirits. The large but intimate cafe will sell Nashville-based and fair-trade coffees, teas and catered food, which will support local vendors. Previously loved tables and chairs will be scattered throughout the room, offering customers and friends a place to rest and find sanctuary. A small stage will serve as a platform for women to share their stories of hope and healing. Artists will be invited to share their creativity with musical performances and featured artwork. Groups and companies will use the space to conduct meetings and hold lunches.
The Thistle Stop Cafe will also house the Thistle Farms store, which carries the entire line of Thistle Farms handmade natural bath and body care products. The cafe will be run by the same women who make the Thistle Farms products by hand -- the women of Magdalene. Through the creation of the Thistle Stop Cafe, women will learn new skills and training for restaurant and food-serving businesses and be provided with more hours and wages. It will be an outward and visible sign of our mission to foster community and create new enterprising ventures.
To facilitate the opening of the café, Thistle Farms will host a special event on April 11 with songwriters Desmond Child and Marcus Hummon, songwriters for Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Katy Perry, Ricky Martin, Rascal Flatts, Dixie Chicks and Tim McGraw. Marcus is a Grammy-winning writer with six #1 country songs, including "Bless the Broken Road," and Desmond's songs, such as "Livin' On a Prayer," and "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)," have sold 300 million records worldwide. On the 11th, Desmond and Marcus, and top Nashville singers, will perform songs from their Broadway musicals to help raise an additional $20,000 needed to open the café.
If you can't be there, but would like to support Desmond and Marcus in this effort, visit our Crowdrise site here to make a contribution. To attend, here are the details:
A Fundraiser for the Thistle Stop Café:
Additionally StarringKim Bretton, Nick Duckart, Mike Eldred, Tabitha Fair, Michelle Nicolo Prentice, Chris Roberts
Desmond Child songs from "Jazzage," "Lucy & Viv" and "Cuba Libre"Marcus Hummon songs from "Francis of Guernica," The All-American" and "The Piper"
With an Grand Finale from Godspell - "Beautiful City" and "Day by Day" to be performed by entire cast and audience!Hors d'ouevres are being provided by Sambuca Restaurant.