North Springfield Resident Wants Hidden Grounds to Make an Impact ‘One Cup at a Time’

Hidden Grounds, a new coffee shop in Springfield’s Fairbanks Community Hub, is set to make a positive impact in the community by offering affordable, delicious coffee and smoothies. Owner Mackenzie Toomey, a native of north Springfield, believes that the small town feel of Springfield has changed over time and that the lack of coffee shops in north Springfield can be an extra barrier for customers.

Toomey plans to showcase local artists’ work in her shop and partner with Springfield Community Gardens. She also wants to work with local educators to provide free-to-the-public talks about various topics that offer customers an opportunity for learning. The menu at Hidden Grounds will be priced at no more than $6, as a single mom knows the experience of pinching pennies.

The main coffee used will be Equip Coffee from Victory Mission, packaged by women in Victory Mission’s residential rehabilitation program. Toomey also offers lemonade, tea, and smoothies, with smoothies being a year-round offering and lemonades flavored with lavender or ruby red grapefruit in the summer months. Tea and chai tea are also available, with Toomey ensuring the chai tea is on point every time.

The membership program at Hidden Grounds is tax-deductible, as the shop is applying for 501(c)(3) status. Individual memberships are $25 per month, and they can get a free drip coffee every day and discounts on other drinks. Businesses can purchase five memberships for their employees for $100, with the same benefits, a spot on a plaque listing local businesses that supported Hidden Grounds, a mention in their monthly newsletter, and an additional marketing piece for those businesses as a thank you.

Toomey hopes that companies explore local options like the memberships for rewarding employees, as they are already perking their employees with gift cards when they meet their sales records or whatever it is within their job. By supporting local businesses, businesses can make a positive impact in the community and contribute to the growth of the community.

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