Grow2Gather to add coffee shop

Organization plans to open later this fall in partnership with Sacred Groundz

By Theo Tate
Posted 9/8/21

For four years, Grow2Gather has been a place where Montgomery County residents can purchase craft supplies and home décor.

This fall, the New Florence business will be selling …

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Grow2Gather to add coffee shop

Organization plans to open later this fall in partnership with Sacred Groundz

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For four years, Grow2Gather has been a place where Montgomery County residents can purchase craft supplies and home décor.

This fall, the New Florence business will be selling coffee.


Grow2Gather will team up with Sacred Groundz, a non-profit organization from St. Charles, to add a coffee shop to the store. The new shop plans to open sometime in October.

“When we started Grow2Gather, a coffee shop was always something we had hoped we would be able to do,” Grow2Gather manager Amy Johnson said. “We’re always growing and evolving. We always want to keep growing and evolving to meet the needs that we serve. That is what we hope to keep doing.”


Grow2Gather will look to raise funds for the new coffee shop. The store has scheduled a trivia night on Oct. 2 at the Jonesburg Community Building. The event starts at 7 p.m.


“We’re going to have a live auction and a silent auction,” Johnson said. “We are collecting donations for that, of course. We’re hoping that will help.”


The coffee shop will be built at the northeast corner of the store. Johnson said the project of building the shop will cost over $20,000.


“It’s going to be a fairly good size,” she said. “We want to have a place where someone can come sit and have a good cup of coffee. We want to have the Internet. We want them to stay around, interact and enjoy our company.”


The Grow2Gather staff came up with the idea of having a coffee shop in June, when the Sacred Groundz Coffee truck came to Grow2Gather for a visit. The truck was open for business for three days, serving coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate, frozen lemonade and smoothies.

“We did a little trial run to see what the community thought of the coffee and we had a great response,” Johnson said. “We received several texts, e-mails and calls saying that they would love for us to have a coffee shop in this area. So that’s where we are.”


The manager said the new coffee shop will give her store more opportunities to employ more people with and without disabilities.


“We’re integrated,” Johnson said. “We don’t want to just have one or the other. We want to have both. We want to be working together as a team. Team is really big for us out here. Everything we do is not because of one. It’s because of all.”


Johnson said Grow2Gather has been growing since it first opened in 2018. The store has 20 employees. It also sells its items at several places such as the Vine Boutique and Seasonal Treasures – both at Hermann – and Twisted Roots in Warrenton.


“From word of mouth, people are getting to know who we are,” said the 47-year-old Johnson, who has been living in Montgomery County for nearly 30 years. “They walk into our store and they’re pretty blown over by what we do and what we accomplish here. We really put out a great product and we’re pretty proud of it.”

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