Franklin musician finds community in High Brow Coffee + Tea


Local musician Dustin Sauder bought High Brow Coffee + Tea after returning from tour, and immediately got to work applying his vision to the cozy Westhaven cafe.

He said he fell in love with the community of coffee shops while touring with music artists, such as Kari Jobe and Britt Nicole. When he returned from his last tour, he decided he wanted to own his own shop and “make something fly.”

“The last two years I was on the road, God kept asking me, ‘What’s next?’” he said. “’What are you passionate about? What are you into?’ And coffee kept coming up.”

Sauder soon found High Brow, which had been open since 2013 in the Westhaven neighborhood in Franklin. He became the shop’s newest owner in October 2016.

“I grew up in a small-business family, so I always had a business bug,” he said.

The shop offers a light menu and baked goods, like his wife Whitney’s homemade Pop Tart pastries. The drink menu includes classic espresso drinks as well as specialty drinks that cannot be found elsewhere, including an Old Fashioned-inspired espresso drink.

On the food menu, customers can get paninis, biscuits and more, including the T+H biscuit with turkey and Havarti cheese. Ice cream from Pied Piper Creamery is available, and the shop recently started selling organic smoothies as well.

The café also offers kid-friendly choices, such as chocolate milk and granola cereal. Sauder said it was important to him to have a place where everyone can find something to enjoy.

“We want kids to feel comfortable here,” he said. “We don’t want to be a pretentious coffee shop that doesn’t cater to families.”

High Brow Coffee + Tea
188 Front St., Ste. 102, Franklin
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

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