LUSK – Patrick Turner and Sara Sherlock moved from Denver to Lusk last August. Turner, having worked in the hospitality industry for over nine years, noticed an empty storefront that was once a drive thru coffee shop.
After hearing from the community that several other people ran the shop before them, Turner and Sherlock approached the owner in January about taking over. Six months later, the pair is one week into serving coffee from the small building they now call “Bean Grinders.”
“I’m more of a morning person, as is [Sherlock], so it suits us,” Turner said. “We normally like to get our Starbucks coffees, but not anymore since we’ll be making our own.”
Though Turner and Sherlock are new to the barista business, they are honing their latte-making skills. Customers, so far, seem satisfied, Sherlock said.
“[Opening day], almost everyone that came was a local,” Sherlock said. “We had one traveler that passed through and stopped. Everybody that came was very welcoming and seemed to enjoy our products. We had a couple of repeats so that showed us they enjoyed it.”
The two have plans for the future, once they settle into their dual roles as Bean Grinders baristas and co-owners. Turner said they’ve noticed a lack of food and beverage options in Lusk, and they hope to eventually bring more options to town. Using their coffee, they plan to participate in community events.
“We were welcomed with open arms and want to make sure we reciprocate that,” Turner said. “We’re going to have a fun summer.”
Bean Grinders will be open from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. six days per week. Sherlock said they’re unsure which day of the week they will close their window, but will announce it on their Bean Grinders Facebook page.