David and Susie Pegler run a hospitable little cafe next door to the Franklin County Courthouse in Rocky Mount, VA. It's called the Daily Grind Coffee House.
I wandered in there last Wednesday after attending the Tax Day Tea Party. I was starving. Something about the place attracted me and I was not disappointed.
David greeted me and made me feel right at home. When I asked what he would suggest for lunch, he promptly responded, "Anything you want!"
A cheerful response like that appeals to me on many levels. I knew I had come to the right place.
I asked for a BLT in a wrap and it was in my hands in a matter of minutes. This was one of the best BLTs I have ever tasted, sweet and crunchy and all of the goodness that a BLT can provide when done to perfection.
I was on my way a few minutes later, but the hospitality and the good food made my afternoon.
I found out while writing this that there is a Daily Grind franchise organization that has been around since 1995. That surprised me because this coffee shop had the unique feeling of a hometown coffee shop and cafe.
UPDATE: David Pegler informs me that they are an NOT part of the Daily Grind franchise. No wonder the place felt so hospitable!
Franchise operations may be efficient, but they lack the personal touch of an individual enterprise where the owner greets you like an old friend, even if you have never been in the store before.
David, I will be in to see you the next time I am in Rocky Mount.