Located in the heart of Smyrna’s Historic Depot District, Carpe Cafe is a coffee shop and restaurant, featuring a showcase for local artists and musicians.


Carpe Cafe is an extension of Carpe Artista, a non-profit organization that promotes positive culture by developing arts cultures and creatives. We do this by being the community touch point, training environment and arts venue of the organization while serving hand crafted coffees, teas, food and desserts. It is quickly gaining the reputation as Smyrna’s go-to place for live entertainment due to a full schedule of local musicians, performers, book authors, spoken word artists and others.

Carpe Cafe is Carpe Artista’s primary “connection spot” to and for the community of Smyrna. It also serves as a way to give real world business, management and entrepreneurship experience to students and young adults who volunteer as part Carpe Artista’s training programs. When you enjoy a meal at Carpe Cafe, you are helping to fund Carpe Artista’s programs and tuition assistance for deserving students.




Ernie Fabian
Carpe Cafe Manager


Susan Gulley
Carpe Artista COO/CFO


Ron Alley
Carpe Artista Founder/CEO