The growth of independent, local coffee shops continues in Northwest Georgia as Wholly Grounds Coffee House opens its doors this week at 851 Joe Frank Harris Parkway (inside the Ingles shopping center) in Cartersville. Owners Tom and Kim Easter have been making plans for the coffee shop over the last few years and are excited to see their dream become a reality. The coffee shop will have a soft opening today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with regular hours starting Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Monday-Friday) and 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Saturday-Sunday).
“Through all our planning, we knew we didn’t want to open just any ordinary coffee shop. We wanted to build a coffee shop that would give back to our community,” says Kim. “A portion of all sales will go to local charities here in Bartow. We are also working with local groups to hire adults and students with disabilities. We have several other ideas for community support, but will roll that out in the future.”
Wholly Grounds will be serving Crimson Cup Coffee, along with a complete menu of iced coffees, tea, smoothies and pastries from Nola’s Bakery in Cartersville.
“We will have a drive-thru for those in a hurry and plenty of seating for those who want to sit and relax. We will have a private community meeting room, equipped with two large monitors, available for groups of all sizes to use for small groups, networking, small parties and other events. We want to focus on coffee and support local businesses,” she says. “We are beyond excited to share our dreams with this wonderful community.”
Independent coffee shops are growing in the area. On Cartersville’s West Side you have Noble & Main Coffee Co. at 145 W. Main Street that has quite a following. Earlier this year, Lumina Coffee Company opened in Rome along Braves Boulevard. Swift and Finch, another well-established local shop continues to grow with new deck seating and mobile van. And last year, South Marble Coffee House opened in downtown Rockmart and has been well-received by the community.