Chamber Celebrates 25 year anniversary of The Daily Grind Espresso Cafe
Megan and Tim Palm cut the ribbon at their 25-year anniversary celebration. Photo courtesy Kristina Lynn Photography & Design.
December 2017. Stillwater, MN. The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce celebrated the 25 year business anniversary of The Daily Grind Espresso Café on December 5 at their Main Street store location. Owners Megan and Tim Palm, their staff, many customers, and Chamber Ambassadors enjoyed the celebration in the cozy space of the coffee shop.
Currently located within Valley Bookseller on Main Street in Stillwater, The Daily Grind has extremely strong community support and a great backstory. When she was in her twenties, Megan Palm purchased the shop when it was located on the south end of Main Street. Over the next 13 years, she and husband Tim weathered the ups and downs of the economy and the fierce competition of national coffee shop brands coming into downtown. As an independent shop, they more than survived those situations and came out strong. Then in 2014, they had to move because their landlord decided to open his own coffee shop. They decided to relocate within Valley Bookseller on North Main Street and launched a Kickstarter campaign to make the move possible. With their strong community support, they raised over $20,000 in 2 months and made the move in January 2015 to their current location. They have continued to thrive since then.
“We are so grateful for this community” stated Megan. “We would not be around if not for our wonderful customers and supporters! It’s been a crazy 25 years and we are very thankful to have reached this milestone year for our business.”
It is for many good reasons Tim and Megan are so beloved by the Stillwater community. In May 2016, a retired Stillwater teacher, grateful for the emergency care he had received from Lakeview Health paramedics, gave the Palm’s $80 to start a fund to buy first responders a cup of coffee. When other customers heard about it they began donating too, and the Hero Fund was born. Other local businesses, like Stillwater Motors, have partnered with The Daily Grind by matching gifts to strengthen their ability to keep it going, and it has worked. “We love our first responder regulars who come in” stated Tim Palm. “What they do is so important, and such a tough job. Something as small as a free cup of coffee can help just a little – we are so happy to be able to support them in this way”.
The Daily Grind offers a wide range of coffee drinks, made-on-site baked goods, hot breakfast sandwiches, and lunch items. They have a gorgeous patio overlooking the St. Croix River, and their hours are Monday through Friday, 6 am to 7 pm, and weekends 7 am to 7 pm.
The Daily Grind Espresso Café
217 N Main Street
Stillwater MN 55082