Mom, daughter blend talents for business
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.
Their creative efforts are a draw for lawyers between hearings at the courthouse.
It's more than even Christa's father expected.
"It's nicer than I envisioned," Dennis Brumfield said. "This has a little bit of atmosphere."
He is optimistic the area can support the enterprise.
"We have industry, power plants, AEP. We have a lot of people who enjoy the finer things," he said.
The coffeehouse menu offers a variety of coffees, featuring beans from Old Village Roaster of Huntington, as well as specialty hot chocolates, teas and an spiced apple cider with a rich caramel sauce and whipped cream.
Of the in-house baked goods, the cinnamon rolls are the most frequently requested item, Christa said. She gained her culinary skills from her mother, a Marshall University home economics graduate.
"I've always done parties for friends," Christa said after the girls had left with their creations in four-hole cupcake boxes.
She and her husband generally work at The Coffee Grinder on Saturdays, when the regular hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Weekdays she is a physical therapist with Pleasant Valley Home Health. The couple have a 2-year-old, Patrick, and are expecting a second child.
Barbara Brumfield and three other employees operate the coffeehouse Monday through Friday, when regular hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information call 304-593-9922 or go to The Coffee Grinder Point Pleasant on Facebook.