Whenever Kevin Grant would walk into a retail-based coffee house, a feeling of dislike would come over him.
Grant never felt comfortable and relaxed in those places, as he felt it was more of an assembly line--receiving your order and getting you out the door for the next one.
"I wanted a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere; a place where people could read a book and play on the computer," Grant explained.
He created his goal with the Gathering Place, which recently opened up in the North Acres Business Development in Prescott.
It was a matter of connections that led him to Prescott.
Co-owner and wife, Denise, had worked in the food service business for years and worked with a gentleman who would open coffee houses in the Twin Cities area.
He had too many on his schedule and suggested Prescott to the Grants, who jumped at it.
"The city wanted a coffee house here and the impression we got was they wanted it to be family owned," Kevin explained, "And with Denise working at so many restaurants over the years teaching people how to start one, we figured we might as well start our own business."
He added there were some concerns in the beginning--but not the one most people think.
"It wasn't a problem owning a business for the first time," he said, as he was previously a manager for a Minneapolis company the last 21 years. "The learning experience was working with contractors because all we had was a vanilla shell (a real estate term implying a building that only consists of white walls, concrete floor, bathroom and air conditioner) when we started."
For more please read the June 11 print version of the Herald.