Customers still feel at home at new Common Grounds location

Soft opening begins during lunch hour

DeKALB – Lincoln Held and Jill Irene Concepcion, seniors at Northern Illinois University, became regulars at the Common Grounds coffee shop and bookstore not long before the popular downtown haunt moved across the street.

“We try coming once or twice a week,” Held said. “There aren’t too many other places with a feel where you can sit and do work.”

After a brief hiccup in the permitting process, Common Grounds opened its new doors at 131 E. Lincoln Highway at noon Monday, bringing its signature organic coffee, tea and other drinks back to the community.

Common Grounds owner Jeff Foster had been working to remodel the property, the former site of Thai Pavilion, not long after his original location at 150 E. Lincoln Highway was condemned in April.

Concepcion said a friend of hers and Held’s recommended Common Grounds after bragging about the warm environment and the great coffee. She said the new location carries on these traits.

“We’re really welcomed here,” Concepcion said.

Since the shop is within walking distance of their home, Beth Ager and her 12-year-old daughter, Alora, have been visiting Common Grounds once every couple of weeks since it first opened.

“We come here when we need to get out of the house,” Ager said. “I’m very excited to watch it grow and expand.”

Foster said he is targeting a July 9 grand opening, which will also be the two-year anniversary of his business.

“We’re ready to make it our twice-a-week stop again,” Held said.

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