About Thistle Stop Cafe

Thistle Stop Cafe was built by and for the community. We are staffed by Thistle Farmers which includes the women of Thistle Farms as well as volunteers from the community. Thistle Stop Cafe is a home to anyone who walks through the doors. We are proud to truly be a witness to the truth that in the end, love is more powerful than all the forces that drive women to the street.

Thistle Stop Café operates under the following guiding principles:


We are called to offer hospitality to every guest, resident, staff member, stranger, and old friend. Here in the Thistle Farms community we treat everyone as a blessing and offer them something such as tea, handmade products, or a story to take on the road.


Within this community of healing, we cherish this café as a sanctuary for love, growth, and relationships. We welcome you to enjoy tea, coffee, and a meal in this space that will nourish the mind and spirit as well as the body.


The story of the women who have survived lives of trafficking, addiction, prostitution, and life on the streets is powerful. It reminds us that the universal truths of violence against women is still a story of hope and the truth that, in the end, love is the most powerful force for social change. Thistle Stop Café honors that story. Here, you can hear a story in every cup, feel healing in every sip, and see love in every drop.


Chado is translated from Japanese to “The Way of Tea.” At Thistle Stop Café, we interpret chado to create harmony, tranquility, and illustrate the simple truth that love heals. Chado is about more than just preparing tea, but about serving it from a deep place of love and heart.

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Photo courtesy of Jon Whittle