GRANT TOWN — Hannah Moore and Julie Cottrell have been best friends for about six years.
Both always dreamed of opening a businesses one day, so together they made that dream a reality.
About a month ago Moore and Cottrell opened Cafe Diem in Grant Town.
It’s a restaurant/cafe where people can also find select groceries, craft items and hand bags.
“We’ve had a lot better turnout then what we ever even dreamed of,” Cottrell said. “I think it’s overwhelming and surprising, but we’re loving every second of it.”
Cottrell said she would never underestimate the time and effort that went into making this dream a reality.
“It’s probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever (done),” Cottrell said.
Moore said the process started about eight months ago, and opening a business was a long journey. But she said so far all of the hard work has been worth it.
“It was fun. We made it fun,” Moore said. “We gave (ourselves) enough time and we had the money, so it wasn’t like it was a big rush to get it done.”
Cottrell said this journey has been a team effort, and each day she and Moore push each other to make the cafe the best it can be for the customers.
“I don’t think I ever would’ve had enough courage to do it (alone). I think we keep each other going,” Cottrell said.
Even though Cafe Diem has been open for about a month, Cottrell said it’s still a surreal feeling knowing she and Moore own their own business.
She said growing up she always had the dream of owning her own business in the back of her mind, but Cottrell just thought it was another dream that would fade.
Cafe Diem is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Moore said in the near future the cafe will begin to serve breakfast, and the hours will change to 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
The menu at Cafe Diem consists of items such as a pot roast sandwich, and Moore said the biggest hit seems to be the “Coal Miner,” which is one of Cafe Diem’s specialty burgers.
As far as groceries go, people can buy milk and eggs, and Moore said soon they are hoping to offer bread.
“Everybody has been so supportive; we’ve been busy and everyone loves the food,” Moore said.
Cottrell said family has played a major role in making this dream a reality. She said both families have helped get the cafe up and running, and her mother even makes homemade cakes.
Both Moore and Cottrell are Fairview natives, and they said it’s nice to be able to own a business in Marion County.
“We get phone calls, Facebook comments; it’s very nice to see that because that’s what we’ve worked for,” Moore said.
Cottrell said the main goal is to offer people in the area a variety. Cottrell and Moore agree that there is nothing more important than making sure each customer walks out the door happy.
“We’re trying to meet the needs of everybody. We know everybody from the surrounding towns (and) counties,” Moore said.
She said her favorite part of this journey so far has been meeting new people and working with her best friend.
Cottrell said she believes there are many aspects that make Cafe Diem unique.
“We’ve given (people) just about everything they didn’t have here,” Cottrell said. “We’ve got the shop, the groceries. We’ve got the restaurant (and) to see people come (to the cafe) in such a small community where they know each other, they’re yelling from table to table and everybody's hugging as they’re leaving. I think that’s what makes it different.”
For more information about Cafe Diem, call 304-278-5565.
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