Reasons to Love Memphis #24: Caritas Village
I love walking into places where everyone knows each other. The familiarity, even if I’m not quite a part of it, is totally comforting.
Caritas Village in the Binghampton neighborhood is one of those places. The name means “love for all people”, and boy, do they mean it. Founder Onie Johns made a cozy coffee shop and meeting space that opened in 2006. In 2018 – after a renovation – Caritas reopened under new executive director Mac Edwards. The cafe serves lunch.
I’ll definitely be making more visits to Caritas Village. I love that it’s part coffee shop, part art gallery, part meeting hall, and part living room. They’ve easily got the friendliest staff in Memphis. Caritas seems like one of those places that’s impossible to visit once without becoming a regular.
There were a lot of people there during lunch – several large groups, a few families, and a handful of individuals. I spent some time talking to Kimberly Pettiès, a chef that lives across the street from Caritas. We talked about wine, our mutual love for the Viet Hoa food market’s fish section, and laptops.