WELCOME TO OUR COFFEEHOUSE...... a local living room where we encourage you to EAT, DRINK and GATHER. Get the scoop!
Meet Rick and JoAnn
In 2007 Rick and JoAnn moved to Ellijay and bought an 18-acre, 1930’s homestead, just two miles from historic downtown Ellijay. The plan for this beautiful and remote sanctuary surrounded by lush nature and saturated with eclectic charm was to create a transformative experience. They wanted to create a unique Bed and Breakfast where their guests could connect with the earth and its natural food sources through farm-to-table dinners and lodging with environmentally conscious amenities. The vision also included the vibrant local art community with artist studio tours and retreats. The Bed and Breakfast became known as The Martyn House and quickly became Rick and JoAnn’s passion; a physical manifestation of their ever-evolving creative energy. Guests stayed in luxury sleeping tents imported from India. The luxury sleeping tents provided a glamorous camping experience, where guests slept in real beds with fine linens, and enjoyed gourmet meals. Today it is known as… Glamping. The property soon offered rooms in the Farmhouse, two Artist Studios, and four luxury sleeping tents as part of the Bed and Breakfast, often the entire property was reserved.
Featured in Southern Living in 2010 and voted 1 of 88 best getaways in the US in 2012 TMH was well on it’s way to being a great success! And like most serial entreprenurs the urge to create struck again, so The Martyn House became Rick and JoAnn’s private homestead, where his photography Studio resides and a place where JoAnn could continue to create BIG ideas!
In 2012 one of those Big Ideas emerged when Rick and JoAnn made another bold move and purchased a 1940’s building in historic downtown Ellijay. They spent a year renovating the property, re-purposing old wood to give the building a warm, rustic nostalgic feeling. When the project was completed, the 6,000 sq. ft. building housed two lofts upstairs, a studio, an art gallery, and a unique coffeehouse unlike any local gathering place in Ellijay. It is known as Ellijay Coffeehouse.
Today Rick brews beer and continues to be an amazing photographer, he is the glue that holds our world together. He can be seen doing any number of handyman projects around the farm, our coffeehouse or journeying throughout the county, country or world with camera in hand looking for the next great shot!
JoAnn is a lifelong serial entrepreneur her history has revolved around being an artist, designer, merchandiser, small business consultant, gardener, with numerous start-ups …she is a creator of extraordinary ideas! she reminds us that life is a journey of constantly creating, live with intention …..believe in the unbelievable!!
Together… they travel the world…love to create spaces…inspire community connection and yes throw a darn good dinner party! They love The Mountains and seek Adventure in their down time whether hiking, kayaking or simply exploring ….there is always a ‘what next’ …that is what feeds their soul…
Visit Ellijay Coffeehouse and become a part of their extraordinary World!
Meet Our Baristas
At the Coffeehouse Our Baristas are not only your ‘tour guide’ to all things fun and adventurous in Ellijay & Gilmer County but they are trained in every aspect of COFFEE from learning about our partnering farms from around the world to our roasters incredible attention to detail in bringing us the very best coffee beans…to the final detail of course when they pull that perfect shot from our very own La Marzocco Espresso machine who we kindly refer to as ‘Francesca’ ….….
We LOVE coffee and every darn thing about it!
Who are these lovely talented funny engaging Baristas?