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Daily Grind at Western Re-Opens; Election Night Party to be Held

November 1, 2004

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MACOMB, IL – Java. Espresso. Latte. Cappucino. At Western Illinois University’s Daily Grind coffeehouse, Western dietetics, fashion merchandising and hospitality (DFMH) students serve it all -- from plain coffee to a cup o’ tea to a frothy latte.

The students are getting a taste of the real world of running a business as they handle the day-to-day operations of The Daily Grind, located on the second floor of Tanner Hall. From staffing the coffeehouse, to managing the budget and ordering supplies, to marketing and advertising, these students are learning every aspect of business ownership.

The coffeehouse, which is administered by DFMH associate professor Sheryl Boston, opened in 1998 after University Housing and Dining Services approached the department about creating an alternative place for students to gather. Former chair Charlene Callison jumped at the idea to give her students even more practical work experience.

"The whole purpose behind the project is education," Boston, who leads the class responsible for the shop, said. "The coffeehouse provides students an alternative place to go to study or hang out with friends, and at the same time provides my students with the hands-on experience they'll need after college. They are applying everything they have learned in class."

The coffeehouse, which was originally located in the lower level of Bayliss-Henninger halls, shut its doors for a few semesters, but at the beginning of Fall 2004, Boston decided it was time to get the perculators going again. To kick off the re-opening of the coffeehouse, an election night party will be held at The Daily Grind beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2.

The Daily Grind is open from 6-11 p.m. Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays; however, like the election night party, Boston added that organizations and groups can host meetings at the coffeehouse at other times upon request.

Besides speciality coffee and tea, noncoffee drinks, such as smoothies, iced tea, soft drinks and Italian sodas are available. Food items, such as homemade bagels, monster cookies, coffeecake and muffins made by DFMH students are also available. For more information or to schedule a meeting in The Daily Grind, call 298-1085.

Posted By: Darcie Shinberger (
Office of University Communications & Marketing