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Coffeehouse devoted to doing good asks community to 'Give Well'


The daily grind at The Well Coffeehouse in Green Hills is about more than a cup of Joe.

The Well turns coffee into water.

"We take everything above our operating expenses, and we take that and go out and go throughout the world building water wells and helping needy people or needy projects," said Chris Soper.

Soper co-founded The Well with his friend, Rob Touchstone, as a way to increase community and worldwide ministry by helping those less fortunate.

In the last two years, the faith-based non-profit has put proceeds from coffee and coffee products toward wells, orphanages, and hospitals in extremely impoverished places like Africa, Jamaica, and Haiti.

"Our whole goal is to try to get out and create more water wells, because most people don't have the clean water that we have here in America," Soper said.

"I believe we're authentic, you know," Treasurer and Board Member Charlie Dillingham said of the success of the coffeehouse. "In a lot of ways, we're walking the walk.  Not us, but the community is.  They see that there's something that's genuine here, and they want to be a part of it."

But The Well is about to run dry at its Green Hills location. A multi-use high-rise is planned for the property at the corner of Hillsboro Pike and Richard Jones Road by Southern Land Company.

While Soper and Dillingham admit developers have been very gracious in allowing the coffeehouse to stay put for now, a move is imminent.

The change in location has provided challenges and opportunities.

A deal is in the works to make the old Pizza Perfect restaurant on Granny White Pike the perfect place for customers to fill their cups, but moving takes money.

"We give away all of our extra money, all of our profit, so that leaves us without money to actually build out a new space and move into a new space," Soper said.

Community support has allowed The Well to meet half of its monetary goal, and fundraising efforts are underway.

Donations are being accepted at the coffeehouse's current location, as well as online.

Lipscomb University and California Pizza Kitchen have also partnered with The Well to raise money.

On Saturday, March 1, Lipscomb University men's basketball will donate 100% of the proceeds of all ticket sales to The Well. The Bisons take on the Stetson University Hatters in the final regular season home game at 11 a.m. at Allen Arena. Tickets are available through the university athletics ticket office with the coupon code "Give Well."

On Monday, March 3 and Tuesday, March 4, California Pizza Kitchen, located at 4031 Hillsboro Pike #901, will donate 20% of its proceeds from customers who mention The Well Coffeehouse.

Money raised supports not only relocation, but expansion as well.

A new, 2,100 square-foot coffeehouse is currently under construction at The Shops of Seven Springs on Old Hickory Boulevard, east of Interstate 65, in Brentwood.

"To expand, we've had to have a huge following and a huge support from our community, which has been great," Soper said.

He added, "We've been really humbled and blessed by the community."

The Well Coffeehouse will continue to operate at 2035 Richard Jones Road until the end of March, when it will reopen at the old Pizza Perfect location at 4002 Granny White Pike.

Construction on the newly built coffeehouse will be completed by the end of April and located at 690 Old Hickory Boulevard Suite 104 in Brentwood.

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