New ownership comes to Grounds 4 Inspiration coffeehouse



by Dave Carew

Saying she plans to continue “the warm, inviting feel” of Grounds 4 Inspiration coffeehouse, Jennifer Wheeler has assumed ownership of the neighborhood café located in Lenox Village in south Nashville.

“I love the feel of a small, locally-owned coffeehouse, and I’d been looking to own my own business for a while,” says Ms. Wheeler. “When Grounds for Inspiration popped up on a ‘Local Businesses for Sale’ website, I decided to check it out.”

Asked what she might eventually change about the coffeehouse, Ms. Wheeler responded, “From now until the New Year, there won’t be many changes . . . maybe just a menu item or two. After that, I’d like to offer more live music—perhaps on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, a couple of times a month—and have the music go a little later into the night.”  She also said she hopes to offer more showcases for local painters and other visual artists.

When Underground Nashville interviewed the original owner, Michele Robinette, nearly a year ago, Ms. Robinette said she wanted the coffeehouse to be like the TV show Cheers, “where everybody knows your name.” Affirming the same aspiration, Ms. Wheeler said, “As a customer, I love it when people know my name, and what I like. That’s what we strive for, and our atmosphere is very open and welcoming.

“Oh . . . and one other thing,” she grins mischievously. “The coffee is awesome.”

For more about Grounds 4 Inspiration coffeehouse, please visit:

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at and Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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