Baked goods are given the small-batch treatment at Please & Thank You, a combination coffee house, eatery and record shop with two Louisville stores. At the NuLu location on Market Street, groovy tunes spun on a turntable provide ambience while patrons enjoy locally roasted Good Folks coffee and finely crafted sweets such as an exceptional chocolate chip cookie and this Derby Bar. —Wendy Pramik
Please & Thank You is wholesome and retro. The coffeehouse is a quaint addition to the Louisville neighborhood, providing patrons with a cozy environment. In addition to the café, there is a walk-up window and bakery called Hot Coffee; come here when you need your fix in a pinch. The bakery makes such delicious goods that Please & Thank You offers a BIY, or bake-it-yourself, option. Take home ready-to-bake mixes for their chocolate chip cookies, brownies, waffles, and more. And now, tasty treats aren’t the only thing you can take home; from the same creative minds that brought you Please & Thank You comes Mr. Friendly, a retro record store. The same music that creates such a stellar ambiance at the coffee shop can now be created in your very own living room.
Please & Thank You—In addition to locally roasted coffee by Good Folks and delicious breakfasts and lunches (try the savory Asiago, apricot, and jalapeno scone), this cafe-cum-record store boasts an impressive collection of vinyl, a self-service turntable, and a listening booth.
It was a pleasure to see Travel & Leisure rank Louisville as one of their Top 50 places to visit in 2015... we like it too! Double-bonus points for the Market Street & P&TY shoutout!
Louisville has long been famous for its bourbon, and if it’s the dark stuff you’re after, there are almost two dozen distilleries happy to oblige with tastings. Most are in the surrounding countryside, but you no longer need a car to get your fix: Evan Williams, the first urban distillery since Prohibition, flung open its doors on Whiskey Row in November 2014, with seven other spirits distillers soon to join the newly coined Urban Bourbon Trail. The city center is also making room for five new hotels in 2015, including an Aloft. For a taste of Louisville’s most happening neighborhood, head to NuLu, about a mile from downtown and a case study in urban revival, with critically acclaimed restaurants (Decca, Proof on Main), concept shops (Please & Thank You, Scout), and its own hipster flea market. —Nikki Ekstein
We blushed a little when we read this article in AFAR Magazine by musician & Grammy winning producer Joe Henry. He writes of his time in Louisville during the filming of Pleased to Meet Me. Excerpt below:
In Good Company by JOE HENRY
Musicians Aimee Mann, Joe Henry, and Loudon Wainwright III gather in Louisville to indulge in raw oysters, dry martinis, and unscripted conversation.
We were en route to the shoot’s first location in Butchertown. My brother David was leading us to Please and Thank You on East Market Street.
David has lived in Louisville, Kentucky, for some 20 years, and he had brought us—me and fellow singer-songwriters Aimee Mann, John Doe, Karin Bergquist, and Loudon Wainwright III—to the city to appear in a feature film he had cowritten.
It was our first morning in town, and Please and Thank You (P&TY) was the perfect headquarters for those of us looking to shoehorn our way into the snug demands of the day, whatever they might be, and it provided our first insight into Louisville’s artisan bent and hipster funk.
P&TY not only makes excellent doppios and home-style baked offerings—including scratch doughnuts that rival those made at the Michigan cider mills of my youth—but also features along
one wall a seriously curated collection of vinyl records for sale. If a café pulls an exceptional, nutty-tasting shot of espresso, offers me baked strata of egg and roasted vegetables fresh from the farm stand, and serves them both while spinning Bringing It All Back Home in original Stereo 360 Sound, that place will own me for the duration of my stay.
At the close of day one of filming, the five of us, along with my brother (still kindly acting as our escort), gathered for our initial dinner together at Jack Fry’s on Bardstown Road in a neighborhood known as the Highlands...
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Brooke Vaughn is the FACE behind Please & Thank You, a combination coffee shop, restaurant and music store located in NuLu on Market Street. This coffee shop owner only drinks a few sips of coffee a day, focusing instead on her main passion: cooking, baking to be specific. One taste of her chocolate chip cookies and you know why.
What do you do for a living?
I hustle legal stimulants and sell vinyl records.
Do you drink coffee all day?
No, but my husband does. I drink maybe a 1/2 cup of coffee a day, but I pour myself at least 3 cups. I’m pretty wasteful with it. I drink ice water allllll day.
When did you discover that you have a talent for baking?
I’m actually not sure that I have a talent for baking. I’ve always had a strong will, a fair amount of ambition and high standards. I feel like I can do a good job at anything I feel passionate about. And I feel stupidly passionate about chocolate chip cookies.
What is your specialty in the kitchen?
Chocolate Chip Cookies, DUH!
What do you take in your coffee?
I drink it black.
Where is your favorite cup of coffee other than P&TY?
I think Tommie at Cafe Classico has the best Americano in town.
What is your special talent?
I have a wicked spider sense. Its creepy and curious.
How do you balance your job and your personal life?
Oh, I’m spoiled. My life balance and sanity is completely a nod to my husband, Jason Pierce. There is nothing he can’t and won’t do. He’s the most incredible human I’ve yet to meet. He is the breakfast maker, the champagne pourer, the flower giver, the dish washer, the dog walker, the bread winner, the listener, the navigator and on and on. And it’s not like he’s a stay-at-home Dad; he also owns and operates his own design firm, Mperfect Design. We are equal parts. And we are super creative together, even 10 years deep into this affair.
What is the biggest life lesson you have ever learned?
Let go and be loving.
Who is your mentor?
Funny, I’ve had mentors without ever knowing it. And I think that is the key–you don’t know you’re being schooled until you’ve learned the lesson, right? I try to surround myself with and employ people who inspire me: painters, restauranteurs, athletes, designers, bikers, writers, actors, rock n’ rollers and such.
What is best advice you have received in business?
Never enter a business partnership with someone you do not know and/or trust.
If you were not in your current job, what would you secretly love to do?
It’s no secret. I want to run an urban B&B!
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I own a gun.
Where is your favorite place to go for dinner?
It’s almost March Madness and we are a NCAA Basketball family. Naturally, Sportstime Pizza across the river is my place right now. The Breadsticks with Beer Cheese have to be my favorite weekly regret.
What is a treat or a luxury you allow yourself?
Sundays are my luxury! I spend Sunday afternoons working out to Jillian MIchael’s DVD’s, drinking bubbly and cooking with my BFF Alicia.
What is your favorite thing to do in Louisville?
Three things you cannot live without (besides God, family and friends):
Bathtubs, Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, and enjoying beating hot sun rays outside.
What are three of your “favorite” things right now (can be anything).
1.Everyseed Bagels with Roasted Cauliflower Cream Cheese from Little Goat in Chicago.
2. Blowdrying my daughter’s short hair.
3. Listening to REM and thinking about 90210.
Thank you to Brooke Vaughn for taking time out of her busy chocolate chip cookie baking to meet with us. For more information on Please & Thank You, click here.
A huge thanks to Adele Reding and her beautiful photography for our FACES of Louisville. For more information on Adele, please click here.