Daily Grind set to open in Mathews in January

by Sherry Hamilton - Posted on Nov 28, 2018 - 09:50 AM

Photo: The Daily Grind, a coffee house, is slated to open at Cattail’s gift shop’s former location in Mathews sometime after the first of the year. Shown is Casey Shaw, who is overseeing development of the business for owner Dr. Ben Lennon. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

The Daily Grind, a coffee house, is slated to open at Cattail’s gift shop’s former location in Mathews sometime after the first of the year. Shown is Casey Shaw, who is overseeing development of the business for owner Dr. Ben Lennon. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

The Daily Grind, a coffee house, is slated to open at Cattails gift shop’s former location in Mathews sometime after the first of the year.

A project of Dr. Ben Lennon, who owns several buildings in the shopping center that formerly housed Best Value Supermarket, the shop is currently being overseen by Casey Shaw, an employee in Lennon’s dental practice. She said she has hired a manager for the business but still has openings for baristas.

Shaw said she broached the idea of a coffee shop to Dr. Lennon when Cattail’s announced it would be moving. His family members and employees all liked the idea, she said, “So he let me go with the vision I had.”

A large part of that vision, said Shaw, is to be youth-friendly, so the county’s young people can have a place to gather after school. She said The Daily Grind will be a cozy, community-oriented space where young and old alike can gather, have access to charging stations and good Wi-Fi, and converse by an electric fireplace in a den-like alcove. Study groups can meet at long tables, while individuals can nibble on pastries and drink steaming cups of coffee at a café table by one of the shop’s large windows.

There will be outdoor seating on the shop’s spacious porch, and outdoor summertime entertainment in the form of cornhole, said Shaw. Small children will be able to entertain themselves by writing on a chalkboard wall in one area, and a wireless printer will be available for those working on school or business projects. A variety of entertainment will be offered, she said, from “coffee and canvas” paint nights to acoustic music and an open mic.

No cooking will take place at the shop.

“There are plenty of restaurants in Mathews,” said Shaw. “We don’t want to take away from what’s here.”

Instead, a local baker will provide muffins, zucchini bread, bread pudding, cinnamon rolls, pies, cupcakes, and a variety of other baked goods.

A local coffee roaster will supply the shop with a signature coffee blend named The Daily Grind, along with other blends, said Shaw. Lattes, cappuccinos and espresso drinks will all be available for purchase, along with a variety of hot and iced teas and smoothies.

Although the hours for The Daily Grind haven’t been firmed up yet and are subject to adjustment, Shaw said the current plan is to be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The shop will be closed on Sundays.

Those seeking employment may drop by Dr. Lennon’s office on Buckley Hall Road or call 804-725-9485. The website is still under construction, said Shaw. Its address is http://www.thedlygrind.com. ;