Williamsburg now has a new coffee house, which will be familiar to several area residents.
You and Me Coffee and Tea, which is located along Main Street in Corbin, opened a second location Friday morning in Williamsburg.
Andy Salmons, majority owner of You and Me Coffee and Tea, and co-owner D.J. Allen, opened the shop in one of the two storefronts adjacent to the old Lane Theater.
“We actually decided to do a coffee shop in Williamsburg three years ago,” Salmons noted. “I have had the lease on the other part of the Lane Theater for a long time now. We kind of sat on it for a while, while we tried to figure out how we were going to do the project.”
About nine months ago, Salmons and Allen began to do serious work on the space, but ran into various delays with contractors and so forth.
When the hair salon in the other storefront adjacent to the Lane Theater left, Salmons decided to set up shop temporarily in that space until his permanent location was completed.
“We decided to rent that temporarily and do a pop-up shop so we can already start serving the people of Williamsburg,” Salmons said Friday morning. “If today is any indication, it is going to be awesome, we are going to be really excited.”
By 10:30 a.m. Friday, Salmons said the Williamsburg location had three times the traffic that his Corbin location normally has at that point in the day.
Salmons thinks that having the University of the Cumberlands just up the street will be a big plus for business.
“If today is any indication, that is going to be a big piece of our business. We are really excited to serve coffee to college students,” Salmons said. “Right now we are coming up on finals week so it is a really good opportunity for us to supply them with a little bit of caffeine to push them through testing week.”
Salmons said that he doesn’t have an estimate yet on when his permanent location will open, but hopes it will be completed by late winter.
Once the permanent site is completed, Salmons said that it would seat about 30 people.
“We are going to have our food menu that we have in Corbin, our lunch menu and our brunch menu,” Salmons said about the permanent location.
The current shop will be open Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, it will be open from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The hours will likely be expanded once the permanent location opens.
“When we are over there, our hours will probably look like our hours in Corbin,” Salmons added.