The Nutty Java offers a variety of specialty coffee drinks, sandwiches, Hershey's Hand Dipped Ice Cream, smoothies, Frappe's, cheesecake, muffins and fresh roasted cinnamon glazed nuts, but it's also the story behind Carl Matherly, Jr.'s ownership that will keep you coming back.
Carl Matherly, Sr. and Isabel Matherly met in Germany during World War II in Berlin. They returned from the war, eventually married and made their home in Kingsport, TN. After being married for awhile, they adopted two children. This decision forever changed the course of Carl Matherly, Jr.'s life.
Matherly, Jr. was deeply impacted by the love, kindness and Christian foundation he received from his parents. One of his early memories is his mother stopping the garbage collectors in the summer to make them rest on their front lawn with cold drinks. He emphasizes the kindness in his mother by saying, "Mom always gave them hats and gloves to wear in the cold winter months."
Carl Sr. and Isabel where both lifelong educators. Matherly, Sr. was principal at Lynn View School until the school shut down and he became the first principal at Sullivan South High School. Matherly, Jr. paved his own way in the educational field and worked in the Sullivan County School System after his father retired.
After Isabel Matherly passed away, Matherly Jr.'s sister checked on Matherly, Sr. on a daily basis. Carl Matherly, Sr. had been diagnosised with Alzheimer's Disease and then fell and broke a hip. At that time, a decision had to be made about the future care of his father and Matherly, Jr. knew exactly what he needed to do for his dad. He immediately took leave from his job at Holston Middle School, moved in with his father and devoted his time to his father's health and comfort. Despite a significant loss of income and health benefits, Matherly, Jr. wanted to express his appreciation to his father by committing himself to his care. During this time, Matherly, Jr. decided to pursue his real estate license online. He eventually completed the real estate license courses and passed the exam.
Matherly, Jr. was working part-time as a real estate agent and taking care of his father full-time. When his sister would make her daily visit with their dad, Matherly, Jr. would frequently go to The Nutty Java in The Kingsport Towncenter to enjoy a cup of coffee. He and his wife would spend time there and came to realize that the owner was a former student of his. Eventually, Matherly, Jr., started advertising his real estate listings on the TV's around The Nutty Java and was meeting clients there.
When the original owner decided to sell, Matherly, Jr. started discussing the purchase with his wife. After careful thought and consideration, the couple made the leap of faith and bought The Nutty Java.
In time the Matherly's started thinking about opening a coffee shop in the downtown area. Upon finding a location right on the heart of Broad Street they opened the second Nutty Java.
"The people are great downtown and we enjoy the atmosphere that comes with working in downtown Kingsport."
"We want The Nutty Java to become a destination, where people gather at our coffee bar, have a conversation and know we will remember them." Matherly, Jr. said.