"The Foundry," written and recorded by Luke Tuttle
If your life revolves around E. 16th Street the same way mine does, you’re probably familiar with Foundry Provisions, the red-orange building on the corner of Alabama. I remember when I first heard talk of a coffee shop opening on 16th Street. At the time, there weren’t really any places to eat in the neighborhood, barring drive-thrus, so it was a welcome change. On top of that, television taught me that hanging out at a coffee shop would be a quintessential part of my high school experience, so I was pretty excited.
I, and many of my fellow Herron High School classmates, spent many mornings there. It was especially nice in the colder months to have somewhere to talk and work on homework before school started. Many students would later find themselves behind the counter after the school day, as baristas.
The Foundry has had a growing influence on the surrounding community. Throughout the years, they’ve expanded their menu to offer more and more local goods, always finding ways to support other nearby businesses. The Foundry also values local artists. New art is displayed on the walls every month for customers to view and purchase, local crafts are sold in store, and musicians are often asked to perform on first Fridays. As someone who has performed there on a few different occasions, I can vouch for their passion and support of the arts.
For great food, drinks, and a splash of local art, stop by the Foundry. They serve up breakfast, lunch, coffee, tea, and much more everyday of the week. Whether or not it’s your first visit, it certainly won’t be your last.