Fork in the Road: Rossville coffee shop helps customers stay ‘Grounded’

ROSSVILLE, Kan. (WIBW) - In August of 2007, Sarene McCrory opened up Grounded Coffee House.

"Grounded, as far as coffee grounds and grounded in our faith,” McCrory explained.

It’s one-man-band coffee shop, owned and operated by McCrory.

"A lot of people wonder how I do it. I guess I’m really good at multitasking,” McCrory said. “But, I mean, I love it. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else."

Since 2007, McCrory has been serving unique latte creations, baked goods, and an inviting atmosphere for locals to chat about what's happening.

"It's just friendly here,” McCrory said. “You can't really come in and plan to have a private little conversation, because everybody's going to ask you, 'Hey, what's up?' and 'Where are you from?'"

Customers can expect a custom-made drink when they come in, made by McCrory herself.

“When holidays come up, it's nice to come up with something new, but a lot of times they'll catch and they become something you can get year-round,” McCrory said. “One that has really stuck, it's called the Breck. That's my daughter's name."

McCrory's daughter would take her mother's homemade drink to high school and share it with her classmates. Soon, they all wanted it, too, and it became a staple at the coffee shop.

"She would share it with everybody, so they would come in and ask for the drink,” McCrory said. “So it's on the menu now."

After nearly twelve years of serving her latte creations, Grounded is more than just coffee.

"It’s a great place that everybody comes to find out what's going on, as far as it's with sports or weather, or anything,” McCrory said. “You can come in here and feel that it's a safe place to have a cup of coffee and visit and catch up with friends."

Grounded Coffee House is located at 444 N Main St. in Rossville. It’s open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.