Renovations underway for The Grind's new coffee shop in Ripley

Katelyn Waltemyer
Jackson Newspapers
Owner Jeremy Eastman is hoping the shop will be open by February 2022. Right now, he's working on demo for the space.

RIPLEY — The Grind is upgrading from its 8 by 14-foot coffee truck to a 1,700-square-foot storefront on the corner of Ripley's Main and Court Street with an expected opening in February. 

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Things haven't been the same for The Grind since its storefront in Spencer burned down in August 2020. Owners Jeremy and Michele Eastman scrambled to continue operations by switching to a coffee truck in March 2021 that hops around Jackson County. 

Finding a space in Ripley has been an answer to countless prayers from the Eastons. The coffee truck will still be around, but Jeremy emphasized he and his wife wanted to return back to the traditional sit-down atmosphere of a cafe. 

"We've always wanted to have a coffee shop in Ripley," Jeremy said. "It's really just creating a place where people can come in and go."

Once the demo is complete and appliances are installed, The Grind's storefront will be filled with tables, chairs and couches for people to lounge. The Eastmans want the cafe to become a gathering hub in Ripley. 

With plans to install a full espresso bar and keep its coffee truck, Jeremy said THe Grind will hire more employees. Starting rate varies with experience, but he said hourly wages will begin above minimum wage plus tips. 

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— Katelyn Waltemyer (she/her) is the General Assignment and Enterprise Reporter for Jackson Newspapers in Jackson County, West Virginia. Have a news tip on local government or education? Or a good feature? You can reach Katelyn at kwaltemyer@jacksonnewspapers.com. Follow her on Twitter @Kate_Waltemyer.