Common Grounds Coffeehouse in Grabill is “hardley” common. In addition to coffee, owner Lyndsie Hardley recently introduced a couple of tasty breakfast items. Customers can now enjoy pastries, bagels and avocado egg toast with their coffee while studying or working on their laptops. The Wi-Fi connection is free.

Hardley serves Gobina coffee for drinking on the spot or by the bag to go. She emphasized the importance of serving Fair Trade Organic coffee and explained that it means the people working in the coffee fields around the world are treated well and are making a living wage. Gobina donates 100% of its profits to an organization called LifeSong for Orphans.

Hardley, a Harlan native, with the support of her husband, Kaleb, prayed, and deliberated for a week before deciding to take the plunge and become a shop owner. She signed the lease Feb. 29, 2020, with high hopes of opening for business by late March.

That’s when COVID-19 shut down everything. “We decided to take advantage of the quarantine time to completely remodel and thoroughly clean and paint the shop,” she said.

The former log cabin at 13531 Main St. was broken into four little rooms. Kaleb and a few friends removed an interior wall to make it into one large room downstairs. “Many friends, family and church family from Grabill Missionary Church right across the street — our church — helped clean and paint. In addition, the upstairs was also given a fresh start with shiplapped walls and some new furniture. We call it ‘The Upper Room.’ It’s available to rent for all kinds of private gatherings.” she added. Rent The Upper Room for $37.50 per hour.

“Even though the previous occupant was also a coffee shop,” she said, “we started from scratch by investing in a state-of-the art espresso machine and other necessary equipment. We did, however, keep the tables and chairs.”

The former stay-at-home mother of three children said, “God provided me an opportunity and my ambition is to serve quality coffee and be a good servant and steward to our community by showing them the love of Christ.”

In addition, customers can rent an e-scooter by the hour to take in the sights of the Grabill-Leo area. Hardley and her mother, Trudy Phipps of Hicksville, Ohio, decided to add another fun business to town. The six Segway scooters went into service March 27. The rate is $20 per hour. Call 260-312-4596 for details. Book times at cggrabill.com.

Shop hours are Monday-Saturday from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Starting in May the closing hours will be extended to 7 p.m. Hardley said on some Friday and Saturday nights the shop will bring in food trucks and provide entertainment. The schedule of activities can be found on Common Grounds’ Coffeehouse Facebook or Instagram.

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