BY EMMA PEPPER, DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS, THE HUB
Tom and Donna Hart, chief instigators working for the greater good at the Buffalo Flats Artists Association in downtown Grafton, have opened a coffee shop in the building. With this new addition, Buffalo Flats – previously featured on The Hub’s blog here – continues to be a home base to spark revitalization in the Grafton community.
Espresso Yourself was featured on WBOY…
…and in this article in Mountain Statesman newspaper. From the article:
“Owners Tom and Donna Hart said that they had been tossing around the idea to open a coffee joint since the closing of the Grafton 123.
‘When they closed, there was a hole left to fill in downtown Grafton,’ shared Tom Hart. ‘We started talking about the addition to our business to include a place where people could come and get a great cup of coffee in a friendly and inviting atmosphere.’
T. Hart said that credit needed to be given to Mary Kay Stover, who owned the Grafton 123, for planting the seeds that began to help get Grafton’s small business economy get going again.
‘It is people like her that laid the groundwork for what myself and other business owners are trying to accomplish for Grafton and Taylor County. We want to see the community flourish and grow into what it used to be, and what we know it will be once again,’ he commented.”
Tom and Donna are active members of the All Aboard Grafton group, an initiative that caught speed with the town’s participation in The Hub’s Turn This Town Around program. The town is now taking part in The Hub’s Energizing Entrepreneurial Communities program as well.
Espresso Yourself is open 6:30am until 6pm Monday through Thursday; 6:30am until 8pm on Fridays; and 8am until 5pm on Saturdays. Find Buffalo Flats Artists Association in the heart of downtown Grafton and on Facebook.