Stories from the Storm | "Daily Grind Coffee Shop Returning as Coffee Trailer" by Vicki Totten

Daily Grind Coffee Shop after the Storm
One by one, the places in Rockport where people gather are starting to return. While rebuilding the structures damaged by the hurricane is essential, we also need places to gather as a community in order to heal from the trauma we have all experienced. Since 2009 the Daily Grind Coffee Shop is one of the places that has provided a spot for us to not only have our morning coffee, but to also connect with one another. 

Even though it will be some time before the coffee shop itself can be rebuilt, starting on Tuesday from 7:00 a.m. until Noon, the Daily Grind Coffee Trailer will be open for business, serving coffee and pastries at the corner of Austin and Wharf Street. The seating area will be set up on the former patio of the coffee shop, once again giving people a place to gather as they share their morning coffee with one another. Since the coffee trailer will be limited to paper goods only, patrons are encouraged to bring their own cups.

Owner Michell McMahon says she is able to re-open because of the generosity of Bryan and Linda Tomlinson of Island Joe's Coffee Shop in Port Aransas. "I am so thankful to have Island Joe's loaning me the coffee trailer," she said. She is also anxious to get the coffee shop back up and running in order for her two main employees, Carolyn and Rae, to be able to return. "They are not just employees, they are our extended family," she said. "I wouldn't be able to do what I do without them." 

In addition to messages of support from customers, McMahon said there have been many people who stepped in to help in the recovery. "Cornerstone Church from San Antonio came in and helped clean out the debris from the shop. There have been amazing volunteers that have come in and helped - a lot of the help and clean up that has been going on could not have been done without them," she said. Her sister Bobbi Wagoner owns The Strand Beauty Salon across the street from the coffee shop, which was also damaged. She said Valero stepped in to help with clean up of the beauty salon as did a Cisco Representative for the coffee shop - both reminders of how the community continues to come together to rebuild. Because of the financial barriers to re-opening, the coffee shop has also set up a link on their Facebook page for people who want to donate.

Seeing gathering spots like the Daily Grind returning is yet another sign that Rockport really is starting to recover.  Even though there is still an incredible amount of destruction everywhere you look, you also don't have to look far to see signs of incredible kindness, generosity, and hopefulness emerging from the rubble. 


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