For some local businesses, the pandemic resulted in economic disaster. Others, including Trish and Tom Dahl of Northside Grind, stepped up to the plate with inventive ways to keep coffee and customers flowing.
Overnight, the entrepreneurs shifted to call-in, curbside service — literally running orders out to patrons waiting in their cars. In addition to putting endless miles on their pedometers for 18 months, they also used the “downtime” wisely by doing a complete renovation of the coffee shop’s interior. The result is breathtaking. What a remarkable use of space!
Step inside. To your immediate left, a grab ’n go glass case holds hot breakfast sandwiches. To your right, the counter is filled with luscious baked goods. Straight ahead you’ll see soft-cushioned banquette seating with books and games strategically placed tabletop. (Top of page)
Coolers are stocked with cold drinks, fresh salads and side dishes, packaged cheeses, and more. Shelves display items ranging from wine, rum, and snacks to popular convenience items.
“The design work was done by Ashley Interiors,” said Trish. Online research reveals the five-star rated firm has been “Designing and Cultivating Beautiful Spaces in the U.S. Virgin Islands” for ten years. Visit their website at: ashley-interiors.co.
Early on, outdoor seating was expanded — a delight for local pet owners who enjoy treating their doggies to a Northside Grind favorite, the Puppuccino.
At Starbucks, ingredients are an empty espresso cup and whipped cream. Northside Grind adds deli meat — and lots of love — to the canine treat.
A loyal customer since arriving on island two and a half years ago, Diana Bowen expressed her gratitude for Northside Grind’s ongoing graciousness.
“I’m thankful for a place to safely socialize outdoors during COVID,” said the UVI mathematics professor. She and her darling doggie, Darla, are early morning “regulars.”
“I didn’t grow up around dogs but I saw the need and adopted Darla at the Humane Society.” With a warm smile, she further explained her neighbor had adopted Waldo, Darla’s brother. “Our dogs were from a very large litter but all were adopted,” she said. “We’re planning a pet family reunion.”
Northside Grind appreciates each and every customer — and gives thanks to all those who adopt pets from the Humane Society of St. Thomas.
Hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week. Closed Thanksgiving Day. For more information, follow on Facebook or call 340-642-2421.