About Us--The Story Behind Our Dream. thebakeristalife.com


Hi there!

Are you a dreamer who wants to do something special with your life?

This blog is dedicated to you!

We are Stephen and Stacy Johnson. Two years ago we did something daring. We dared to dream.

And you can too!

When we started our local coffee shop, we completely changed most of what we called “our lives” to do so. We moved two hours away from the city we had called home for 16 years and the only place our children had ever lived, leaving behind our careers and much of our way of doing life.

We followed a dream and that dream has led us here, where we will share this journey with you.

Sourdough Cuppa Joe began as a dream in my heart and mind while I was working as a training coordinator for Chick-fil-A in Knoxville. I have always wanted to do something on my own in order to have a larger impact on the world around me.

Opening our community-minded coffee shop is the result of that dream.

Sourdough Cuppa Joe opened its doors for the first time on October 13, 2016. We started out offering a small selection of beverages and baked goods.

In just over a year, we expanded to offer a variety of coffee and espresso drinks, a much larger selection of baked goods, sandwiches, and even frozen custard under the banner of Nana’s Frozen Custard, which occupied our space many years before us.

We currently employ around 20 local residents who are working hard to bring GREAT COFFEE, GREAT BREAD, and GREAT COMMUNITY to our area, and we are growing quickly!

We are following our dream, and we welcome you, and encourage you to follow yours. We are here for you, and there is SO MUCH we can learn from one another!

If you want encouragement, advice, or just to learn more about us, feel free to drop us an email…



We are thrilled that you are here!