Rivertown Coffee Company

Located in the heart of downtown Florence, Alabama is Rivertown Coffee Company, a quaint, friendly coffee shop in the Shoals area. Just this past year they celebrated their 10 year anniversary and established themselves as Florence’s beloved coffee shop. This is the place where anyone, young or old, can take a break, relax, enjoy a drink or meal, and feel right at home. Visiting Rivertown feels like walking down the street to have coffee with a friendly neighbor. Owned by John and Jan Cartwright, they love the residents of the Shoals and are eager to serve and provide high-quality coffee in a comfortable environment.

If you blink you might miss the entrance to Rivertown on Seminary Street, just a quick walk from Court Street and Wilson Park, but the modest entrance hosts a coffee shop full of vibrancy, originality, and local charm. Upon entering you are greeted by friendly staff eager to take your order at the counter, which displays the everyday coffee and drink options, daily specials, and yummy baked goods; and everything is delicious. Tables and chairs are spread out across the cozy accommodations, making it a perfect place to meet for a business lunch, study session, or to curl up in the corner with a good book. 

While Rivertown has a menu that hosts soups and sandwiches at lunch and unique pizzas at dinner, they are always trying to reinvent themselves and find something fresh and new to bring to the Florence foodie scene. They have been partnering with local vendors such as Odette and Jack-o-lantern Farms to take their menu options to the next level; not only are you getting tasty, creative food choices, but the ingredients arrive from just a few minutes down the road. In addition, their coffee is from Muletown Coffee out of Columbia, Tennessee, which takes pride in providing “ethically sourced” coffee beans.

Whether you order a black or iced coffee, or go for something a little sweeter, everything tastes and smells delicious at this idyllic spot. In addition, Rivertown carries craft beers and a weekly wine special that can be enjoyed at lunch or as a late night treat on a special date night. With all the many festivals coming up, including First Friday’s, Rivertown is the perfect, casual stop for that quick pizza fix and beverage while you’re out and about. Occasionally, this local shop serves as a live music venue and once a month on Tuesday’s at 6:00pm the Beer and Book club meet to discuss their latest read.

The owner and founder of the favorite coffee spot maintains his presence in the kitchen where he helps prepare the food and genuinely cares about his community. John Cartwright has diligently and humbly kept this local treasure running over the last decade. A true artist in his own right, he puts time and effort into his craft and has created a lasting tradition in the Shoals area. This bustling coffee shop is more than just a place to get a cup of joe--it’s “where everybody knows your name” and where you will run into people you know and love in the community. Rivertown Coffee Co. is a lasting example of everything that is good about Florence, Alabama.



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