Rise and Grind open for business

Published 5:00 am Tuesday, August 8, 2023

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Community members can now visit Greenville’s newest hub for their morning coffee or a quick bite to eat. Rise and Grind, owned by Shae Taylor, opened its doors to the public on Aug. 7, offering coffee, pastries, salads, sandwiches, and more.

Taylor said she grew up very closely intertwined with the foodservice industry and always wanted her own restaurant. 

“When I was growing up, I had close family members who worked in restaurants, and I also worked in several restaurants,” Taylor said, “It’s been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember to open my own. I’m an avid coffee drinker, and I know the Greenville area desperately needed a coffee shop, so I thought the best thing for me to do was to combine the two.”

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Taylor and her husband, Ryan Taylor, are no strangers to the challenge of opening a small business. In addition to Rise and Grind, the couple own and operate three additional businesses including Charleigh & Me Boutique, Taylor Forestry, and South Alabama Mobile Home Movers. 

The Taylors also previously owned and operated Taylor’s Lawn Care, which was recently sold in order to place more focus on preparation for their newest business venture.

Taylor spent her early childhood years in the Georgiana and Prattville areas before moving to Galax, Virginia where she remained until her senior year of high school. She then returned to Georgiana where she still resides with her husband and their two children, Charleigh Grace and Garrett. 

Taylor says she chose to open a shop in Greenville because Butler County holds a special place in her heart, and she wants to see it thrive. She is proud to serve the citizens of Butler County and credits her success to the support she receives from her family and friends.

“I lived away for a while, but Butler County will always be home to me,” Taylor said. “The people that live here are my family and my friends. I want to see my community grow and give them new options. I honestly can’t believe it’s really happening. I’ve talked about it for so long but never thought I would see it actually happen. I have an amazing support system I’m so thankful for, because they’re the reason my dreams are becoming reality.”

Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, Tracy Salter, said the chamber is excited to welcome Rise and Grind to Greenville. 

“It will be a great asset to the area offering a variety of coffee and tasty breakfast, lunch, and grab-and-go items,” Salter said. “Shae has a great vision and business plan in place and I look forward to seeing its success. The Chamber invites everyone to join us August 16 at 10 a.m. for an official ribbon cutting ceremony welcoming Rise and Grind to the Camellia City.”

For more information or to snag a quick snack, community members can visit Rise and Grind at 323 Greenville Bypass or call 334-368-6542 from 5 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday – Friday, and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday.