Travelers Rest mainstay continues under new ownership

TRAVELERS REST, S.C. — Leopard Forest Coffee has long been a mainstay in downtown Travelers Rest, originally finding its open-to-the-public home in the former post office and what is now occupied by Swamp Rabbit Brewery, and then moving across the street and changing its name, and now changing again to The Leopard Forest Coffeehouse.

Adam Kelley has been associated with the coffee brand since the company's beginning in 2005, when he worked in the shop. In 2012 Adam became a partner and has been operating the roasting portion of the brand. In October, the coffee shop on S. Main Street was purchased by Kelley and the brand and shop have continued to undergo changes. The sign reflecting the name change is coming soon.

Kelley explains that the changes are all part of an effort to make sure “everything goes back to the coffee.” The coffee menu itself has expanded to offer different brewing methods like pour overs and french press. The current menu has little to offer in terms of food, but the menu will grow and the offerings will be designed to better compliment the coffee. Additionally, the menu will feature several local producers like Palmetto Baking and Upcountry Provisions.

The Coffeehouse also features rotating exhibits by local artists, including Brian Kelley, Adam's brother.

The end goal for Leopard Forest Coffeehouse, according to Adam, is to be a “community spot,” that reflects the uniqueness of the community and serves as a place to create community, while enjoying quality coffee.

The Leopard Forest Coffeehouse is located at 27 S. Main Street and is open daily from 7am-6pm.