T-Town Smoothie Cafe celebrates its first anniversary | Living
After being open for just over a year, T-Town Smoothie Cafe celebrated the milestone with family, friends and customers by hosting an anniversary ribbon cutting, courtesy of the T-Town Area Chamber of Commerce. Tullahoma.
To celebrate the occasion, the T-Town Smoothie Cafe gave away free smoothies and protein rice bowls to those in attendance.
T-Town Smoothie Cafe was opened in November 2020 by Matthew Sfirakis, who wanted to give Tullahoma something different by offering real fruit smoothies and acai bowls.
“We wanted to do a new concept in the area with our smoothies and acai bowls,” Sfirakis said. “We are truly proud to be Tullahoma’s very first smoothie company and a true smoothie shop.”
Originally, it was planned to celebrate the occasion closer to the anniversary date; however, the cafe was closed in November due to renovations caused by a leak.
“It was just a fitting in the wall behind the toilet,” Sfirakis said. “It popped up overnight and when I got to work there was an inch of water.”
Besides the leak, Sfirakis said the first year was tough as a new company and it grew day by day.
“People don’t know what we have to offer until they come to see our store,” he said. “I’m just trying to give Tullahoma and the surrounding area something different from anything around.”
He added that he tries to make the T-Town Smoothie Cafe a positive meeting place for local kids.
“It’s always good to see the kids here hanging out instead of getting in trouble.”
Sfirakis said one of the highlights for him has been seeing the reactions of customers when they walk in and see what T-Town Smoothie Café has on offer, such as its various wraps and subs, sandwiches, salads, bowls of food and protein, smoothies and acai balls.
Another highlight for him is that he continues to give back to the community. Currently, with every purchase of the Wildcat Smoothie, a portion of the proceeds are donated to the Tullahoma City Schools Athletic Department. For the giant smoothie, a portion of the proceeds will go to Connor’s Cure for Fighting Pediatric Cancer. The T-Town Smoothie Cafe has also been involved in fundraisers for some of the local nonprofits, including the Imagination Library of Coffee County.
As for the future, Sfirakis said he plans to continue to grow the T-Town Smoothie Cafe to the point of becoming a franchise and opening more stores. He added that he would also try to promote catering services.
“It would be great if we could take this little store and turn it into a franchise,” he said. “[The building] was a dental surgery center and I looked at what I transformed from it.
The T-Town Smoothie Cafe is located at 1956 N. Jackson St., next to Affordable Dental and across from Applebee’s. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and closed Sunday.
To learn more about the cafe, call 563-5176, visit ttownsmoothie.com or the T-Town Smoothie Cafe page.