Golly G’s Coffee, Ice Cream & Sweets is slated to open in Greenbrier’s Town Square Commons, currently under construction as part of a historic preservation project, at the intersection of Highway 41 and East College Street.
Coopertown resident Joey Boykin, who currently operates three Golly G’s locations — two in Clarksville, with another in Pleasant View — said he hopes to open in May.
“We wanted to expand our brand footprint in an area where we didn’t currently have a location. The location is great. It’s really ideal,” said Boykin, emphasizing that the area has great visibility, is a busy thoroughfare and is near the schools and ball fields. “It’s gonna prove itself to be a very busy place.”
He added that Greenbrier has a combination of growth and community that fits his business.
Golly G’s Coffee, Ice Cream & Sweets will take up shop in the building that was previously the location of Stratton’s Automotive, facing Highway 41 at East College Street.
According to Sheila Watts, president of the Greenbrier Historical Society, the building was once Tracy’s Texaco, which opened in 1956. Later it became an Amoco station, she said.
Boykin said Golly G’s will have an in-house bakery, where guests can enjoy hand-decorated cookies, soft pretzels, muffins, mini pies, cheesecake and chocolate covered strawberries, to name a few.
The business is particularly famous for its giant cinnamon rolls, Boykin said.
Gluten-free items are also part of the menu.
“Our biggest and most popular thing is our homemade ice cream,” Boykin explained. “We have somewhere around 85 flavors we rotate.”
Light lunches will also be served and “expertly-trained baristas,” as Boykin described, will be on-site to make espresso and coffee drinks.
A coffee bar will be part of the indoor design, as well as an open-air seating space and a covered patio section within the outside courtyard of the Town Square Commons.
It will be open seven days a week, with a drive-thru available as well.
“I hope it’s a catalyst to bringing smart growth and continues to give a sense of community to Greenbrier,” Boykin said.