Rise Coffeehouse is celebrating every little part of St. Louis by advocating for locally grown ingredients and being intentional about where they buy their coffee.


Photo by: Chelsie Bartley


Looking for a place that will quench your coffee craving and satisfy your need for a hipster hangout?

I don’t think you’ll find a better place than Rise Coffeehouse, located in The Grove on Manchester Avenue.

I recently had the opportunity to experience this piece of St. Louis culture and my initial reaction was this coffeehouse is a place for anyone.

Its bright-colored door and a sign that reads, “Compassion is the radicalism of our time,” gave me a feeling of laid-back comfort with the exhilaration of going somewhere unfamiliar.

Inside, Rise is just as untroubled.

While I was there, several customers were relaxing with a cup of coffee and a good book or enjoying quality conversations.

With an interior design that reminds me of an industrialized cabin, Rise is rivaled by none in individuality.

Both a mounted deer head and a chandelier made mostly out of metal and glass accompanied the wood walls and mismatched chairs.

The decor isn’t the only part of Rise that is eclectic.

Selling many different varieties of locally roasted coffees like, Blueprint, Goshen, Sump, Kaldi’s and a few others, Rise places importance on knowing where your product comes from.

Another way they support local businesses is by selling goods from Whisk Bakeshop.

Whisk is a sustainable bakeshop, which basically means all of their ingredients come from local farmers’ markets and there are no artificial ingredients included in their confectious creations.

Rise isn’t just for perfect coffee and delicious desserts, they also offer a pretty wide lunch menu from The Social Affair.

You can order anything from Quiche to Mac and Cheese and everything on the menu is under $10.

Rise is a suitable place to go for any occasion, whether it’s a quick grab-and-go lunch or afternoon coffee with a friend.

Reviews on Urbanspoon.com even say it’s a great place to bring children because there is a gated upstairs room with plenty of room for curious toddlers and an assortment of toys.

All in all, I give Rise Coffeehouse a giant thumbs up.

From the moment I walked in and the barista told me I looked like sunshine until I left and they offered to take my coffee cup, I felt welcomed and appreciated.

If you are ever looking for a fresh place to go, I fully recommend Rise, located on 4180 Manchester Ave.

The Americano was just terrific.

By Chelsie Bartley

Chelsie Bartley is the Creative Editor and a staff journalist for MBU Timeline. She majors in journalism. Chelsie is a student worker for the Office of Alumni Relations and is a Community Leader on campus. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in a non-profit doing events, marketing and design work. Apart from writing, she enjoys eating new foods, exploring St. Louis and being outdoors.