POINT PLEASANT - A mother-daughter effort to establish a coffeehouse in Mason County appears to be a hit, and not just with local residents.
Putnam County Magistrate Linda Hunt liked what she saw. She was in the coffeehouse while her granddaughter, Gabriella Hunt, celebrated her birthday decorating cupcakes with friends on a Saturday afternoon.
Gabriella's father, Point Pleasant lawyer Rick Hunt, also was impressed.
"I think truly this is the neatest little place for a birthday party," Rick said.
His mother had a slightly different take.
"This is just a neat place," she said.
The party, like a Valentine Day Dinner for couples, was a special event at The Coffee Grinder after regular hours. The shop opened in December - on the 12th day of the 12th month of 2012 - across the street from the Mason County Courthouse.
Christa Grady, planner of the cupcake party, and her mother, Barbara Brumfield, combined their culinary know-how and attraction to coffeehouses with the assistance of their husbands to develop the enterprise.
"My mom and I love coffeehouses," Christa said, explaining they often visited them in Lewisburg, where her sister lives. "We decided Point Pleasant needs one."
With the help of her father, Point Pleasant accountant Dennis Brumfield, and husband, high school health teacher B.J. Grady, they transformed a former insurance office into the appealing gathering place.
The transformation required adding a kitchen, removing dividers, hanging a flat-screen television and photographs featuring local heritage and attractions, including, of course, the Mothman.
They also offer wireless computer connection, a comfortable sofa and attractive tables and bar stools, a variety of specialty beverages, baked goods and seasonal lunch menus, currently homemade soups and sandwiches.