Not only is it incredibly adorable, but it has a great history. The building itself is an old grain elevator that was moved years ago from its original spot to where it now sits on the river, so it had closer proximity to the goings-on. The coffee shop and eatery was designed by a local architect, who is also one of the owners (Tin Bins is owned by the Dock Cafe, a local restaurant that is amazing). The design of Tin Bins was chosen to incorporate the history of the building.
The plank walls are original to the grain elevator, and were chosen back then for their strength. You know, so they didn’t explode with the weight of the grain. Smart thinking. They still exist because they are beautiful. This little room is one of many small nooks that exist throughout the building (an ingenious idea the architect had), so the space can feel really cozy during the day.
Tin Bins is also a local hangout on weekends, as they have live music and a space that is much larger than it feels during the day. And we hear from very reliable sources that their wine bar and appetizers are a fantastic evening option (that’s right, they have a wine bar. We plan to try that out very soon). This old tin along one wall adds texture, and is actually what used to be the external wall of the building. They kept it. ‘Cause it’s pretty. Do you see the fireplace back there? Yep, it’s great.
These cork walls are sooo something we would do. And those textiles are from South America. They bring just the right amount of color into an otherwise neutral-toned space.