The Front porch

Exceptional southern food  :: primitive home decor


Located in downtown Powell, Tennessee, The Front Porch is more than a restaurant serving tasty southern food. It's also a local shop offering a wide array of locally crafted furniture, hand poured candles, framed prints, custom crafted wreaths and floral arrangements, handmade natural bath and body selections, and many unique and affordable gifts.

Fresh Southern Meals

Enjoy southern dining with a kick! The fresh, homemade selections at The Front Porch are sure to satisfy the most discriminating guest. Whether you're looking for a light pick-me-up lunch or a full dinner, our menu offers something for everyone.  We invite you to enjoy our freshly baked pastries. Paired with our locally artisan roasted coffee, our pastries provide adelicious ending to any meal.

Handcrafted Decor
Add a touch of southern elegance to any room in your home, no matter your style. Simply visit our quaint shop, where you'll find home and holiday decor that has been handmade by our very own Front Porch artisans. 


Our Story…

In 1910, George and Frona Gill moved from Lenoir City to Powell, TN, with their four oldest children, Grace, Norman, Floyd, and Cleo. They settled on what is now 1509 W Emory Road, constructing their home and opening Gill Lumber Company. With the lumber company came opportunity, employment, and an influx of people who built the foundation of Powell. From the spring house to the lumberyard, Powell began to bustle with activity and vision. In 1911, George and Frona’s youngest daughter, Ruth, was born in the home that is now The Front Porch. Having met and married Kyle Matthew Herrell in 1934, they in turn raised their family in the home where she grew up. In 2013, the historic home was purchased, restored, and later sold to its current owners. It is our hope that you, too, appreciate the rich heritage of this home as you gather here with us to honor its historical significance to the Powell Community. It is our sincere privilege to now open this home to you, our guest.

Bart, Cindy, Anna Grace, and Sunny Day Elkins





(865) 859-9260



1509 W. Emory Road

Powell, Tennessee 37849

GPS Address:

1509 Spring Street

Powell, Tennessee 37849



Tues-Th 11a-8p
F-Sa 11a–9p
Sun & Mon CLOSED

call in and to-go orders are welcomed!

coming soon

We will soon be offering our Primitive Home Decor and Gift Items for Sale on our website! It has never been easier to shop The Front Porch! Bring some of our Primitive and Classic Southern Decor into your home. 



Private label jams and jellies

Spicy, Sweet, and Delicious. These Jams and Jellies are kitchen staples around here, and can be in your home, too!


home decor

Classic Southern Home Decor and Primitive Accents! There is something for everyone here! We even specialize in custom crafted wreaths and floral arrangements for a one-of-a-kind gift that is sure to be a treasure. 


one of a kind apparel

Fun, soft, cozy shirts with quirky sayings, uplifting quotes, and custom graphics!

Country Craft Workshops at The Front Porch

Food, Fun, Laughter and Memories! 
UT Football Themed Wreath

UT Football Themed Wreath

UT Football Themed Wreath Workshop

Thursday, August 24th


$75.00 per person + tax

**includes dinner and all supplies, plus instruction.  

Join us for this fun and creative workshop! We are bringing in a professional wreath designer to help you make a beautiful wreath to hang on your front door to welcome football season! This class will be $75.00 and include all materials, instruction and dinner.

***We will only offer Orange & White Theme for this class.  We may offer another class in the future with other team colors***


Parent & Child Stained Glass Workshop!  

Let your child pick their favorite character!  You can pick a more adult theme or you can make your favorite character too!  

Parent & Child - Stained Glass Window Craft Workshop

Sunday, August 27th  from 12:30pm-3:00pm


Monday, August 28th from 5:30pm - 7:00pm

$40.00 per person + tax for Adults

$10.00 per person + tax for children 8-17

**includes lunch and all supplies, plus instruction.  This class is recommended for kids age 8 & up due to a need for patience and a steady hand, however, you know your child best.  If you feel they are ready, feel free to sign them up!***

Create a beautiful "stained glass" look using paint to hang in your home or give as a gift! You can choose this fall leaves project or any theme you like. We will have dozens of images to choose from and you can also tell us what you want!

This is a fun way for a parent and child to do a craft together! Let your child pick what they want to do and you pick what you want to do! Classes are $40 for adults, $10 for children age 8 to 17. (tax not included). Price includes instruction, all supplies and food!!! We will have fun choices for kids and our delicious Front Porch Petite Plate for the adults.


plan your event

We would be honored to have the opportunity to host your baby shower, bridal shower, birthday party, office event, or any other celebration you can imagine! Contact us today about reserving our space, developing a custom menu, and putting the perfect finishing touches to make your event a day to remember!   

Contact Us

Give us a few details about your event and we will be in contact with you! You can also reach out to us via our social media, by email (, or by phone (865-859-9260).

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