The Daily Grind Cafe and Art Market is providing a space for Halifax creators to display and grow their talent.
Scott MacLean and David Flemming, business partners at The Daily Grind, are this week’s midweek mugging recipients.
“It was about creating a unique environment that was welcoming...a multipurpose space that welcomes all clients, whether it’s students, or the mom or the dad. Just creating a very welcoming environment that appeals to many different people,” Flemming said.
Located at 1479 Birmingham St., The Daily Grind offers a full day and nighttime menu, along with the usual cafe fare such as coffee and espresso. It also serves alcohol in the evenings.
“We just wanted to communicate with local artists and entrepreneurs in the community, and just have a place for them to be able to sell their creations,” MacLean said. “So anyone who aspires to make their own things, have business relationships or a place to talk about business, one common place just for people to feel open about that kind of thing.”
MacLean said they have now worked with over 150 artists. He said they are always open to working with new creators, including those that may not have previous professional experience.
“It’s unique to give that opportunity to someone, to be like, ‘This is the first place I’ve displayed my work, this is the first place I’ve sold my work,’” Flemming said. “Who knows, in 20 years who this person might be. Maybe they’ll be a world-renowned artist.”
The cafe supports Atlantic Canadian business as much as possible. The tables were created by local woodworkers, and coffee and baked goods are supplied by local vendors.
“As many different local business that we can support within our one business is a driving factor,” Flemming said.
Both MacLean and Flemming grew up in Halifax and studied business at Acadia University. They had each worked with independent businesses in the past before deciding to start their own, MacLean said.
The cafe hosts events including trivia nights, open mic, art shows and live music. The space can also be rented for private functions.
Opened since 2017, MacLean said one of his favourite things about the business is “coming up with new ideas, and just leading the way to where the future of the business will be.”
The pair said they are often making changes to improve the cafe, including adding a patio in the summer, renovating the space and revamping their food menu.
“People often come in and are like, 'Oh you’ve moved everything around again'...I think that kind of element of surprise and change for our business is nice, fresh for people to come into,” Flemming said. “It’s grown substantially over the last year and a half, and I think for us, we’re just looking forward to what the next couple of years have to bring, and the growth we’ll see then.”