6th and Main Coffeehouse warms up the holidays

When shopping in downtown Shelbyville and popping in and out of the 18 locally-owned shops, located in a two-square-block area, warm up with a seasonal drink special at the Sixth and Main Coffeehouse. The Candy Cane Latte is a decadent peppermint and white chocolate treat with real homemade whipped cream, steamed milk, house blend espresso and festive sprinkles. The coffee shop calls it a “favorite comfort with a holiday twist.” There’s also a luscious Peppermint Mocha, also finished with the coffeehouse’s whipped cream and then striped with rich, delicious chocolate. Both will chase away the chill as you finish off your Christmas list.

6thandMain peppermintmocha

In fact, you may want to take care of some of your shopping at the coffeehouse, where you’ll find some irresistible travel, ceramic and sculpted mugs, including these fan favorites: Star Trek, Hello Kitty, John Wayne, Dr. Who, Star Wars, Peanuts and Doc McStuffins. You’ll also find some very cool Yellow Submarine lunch tins and Storm Trooper mugs and, for fans of Sixth and Main, shop-specific gift items like coffee mugs and long sleeve t-shirts screen-printed by Kyle Stephens.

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For art lovers, the works of a number of Kentucky artists is currently on exhibit, including Panda Gail Smithson, local photographer Cheryl Van Stockum and potter Susan Layne. Artist displays change frequently but the shop always stocks photo postcards and calendars by Van Stockum and sketch and watercolor postcards by local artist Ben Nay.

Got a book lover on your list? Find books by local authors, including fiction by Reggie Van Stockum, romance novels by Jeanne Hardt and the works of Byron Crawford. Other reads among the shelves include Historic Architecture of Shelby County, Kentucky, 1792-1915 by John David Myles; Dark Highway by Ann D’angelo; Remembering Animal Friends by Maureen Schacht; and The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book by Susan Riegler.

And then there’s the coffee.

6thandMain coffeebeans

“We roast mostly single-origin coffees, many of them sourced farm-direct, and some of the South and Central American beans have been phenomenal this fall,” said owner Pen Waggener. “Recent favorites have included a Costa Rican Tarrazu that brews a rich, balanced cup with a lingering chocolaty finish and the absolutely delicious Sweet Blue Bourbon from Daterra Farms in Brazil.”

6thandMain coffeecup

Sixth and Main Coffeehouse also offers several Ethiopian coffees, from a classic Yirgacheffe to a dry-process Ethiopian that hits all those classic fruit and blueberry notes when brewed in a V60 coffee dripper. Rounding out the coffees are delicious hot chocolates, mochas, lattes and spiced apple ciders.

Drop by 547 Main Street in downtown Shelbyville, warm up with Candy Cane Latte and enjoy the casual gallery atmosphere inside this historic circa 1860 building. Sixth and Main Coffeehouse is open daily 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Sundays 8 a.m.-1 p.m.