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Dream becomes a coffee shop

Dream becomes a coffee shop

May 30th, 2018 by Michelle Brooks in Local News

<p>Democrat photo/Michelle Brooks</p><p>Chelsea McGill will open The Grind on Oak Street, providing Three Story Coffee and a cozy meeting space for the community.</p>

Each seat, counter and light fixture at The Grind was made by Chelsea McGill's family to help her reach her goal of a coffee-shop gathering-place in the heart of California.

The store will be open for business 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. June 1, with a grand opening complete with live music and giveaways. Acoustic, area performers included Shalom Sardis, Katie Beshuk and Hallam George.

Activities continue June 2 with more live music from fiddlers Connie Hohman and Abigail Brummert.

McGill invites people to bring blankets and lawn games to relax on the green space next to the shop.

"Grab a drink and then hang out on the lawn," she said.

Even before completing the Moniteau County Regional Development board's inaugural LaunchU, McGill had begun to solidify her goal with a commercial space on Oak Street. The program helped her build a business plan.

And, for the last three months, her family and friends have helped her renovate the bare space into a cozy, industrial-feel place for group meetings or out-of-the-office work space.

From the rope lighting to the rustic three-sided bar, fences and gates from the family farm were repurposed for the venture. And window seating takes advantage of that natural light.

"My dad built the entire bar," McGill said. "It's taken a long time and lots of work, but everything has been touched by my family.

"I'm really excited; it's the space I envisioned."

Three Story Coffee, based in Jefferson City, helped her set up the coffee bar with equipment, training and product.

The Grind also will serve non-GMO and vegan smoothies, frappes and tea — wellness, energy, detox and organic blends. And, she specifically chose a quiet blender to keep the small space conversation-friendly, she said.

Three local bakeries also will supply her counters — Jane McGill, Sugar and Spice and the gluten-free Welcome Home.

The new business will open at 6:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and at 7 a.m. Saturday. For now, it will be closed Sunday and Tuesday.

McGill hopes to be involved with community activities and to provide some of her own. The Grind will be a stop on the California Progress Inc. Art Crawl June 23.