Daphnie Kelly launches Modern Grind

Daphnie Kelly launches Modern Grind, a coffee shop near the Avondale/Goodyear border, with a grand opening Wednesday, Dec. 2.

If the daily grind of coffee is part of your daily grind of getting your body and mind to realize it’s another day and time to get moving, you won’t want to miss this new West Valley business opening …

The Modern Grind, described as “a new, hip and locally owned coffee and health drinks shop” celebrates its grand opening at noon Wednesday, Dec. 2.

The coffee shop is near the Avondale/Goodyear border at 13044 W. Rancho Santa Fe Boulevard, off Dysart Road just north of Interstate 10.

 The cafe has a walk-up window and outside patio with seating, offering all the standard coffee drinks, teas, botanicals, workout shakes and snacks.

The grand opening features live music, drink specials and giveaways, with livestreaming on the Avondale Economic Development Facebook page.

“The pride I feel when I think about how many locally owned, small businesses we will support, while bringing incredibly clean and delicious beverages to our guests, and the programs we have in place to help schools, teachers and first responders, is beyond belief,” said Modern Grind founder and owner Daphnie Kelly. “I’m so thankful to be living my dream!”

Daphnie has lived in Goodyear for 13 years. Before launching her first coffee shop, she had been doing marketing and fundraising.

Her husband, Bryan, is a project manager for TriMark.

• Save the planet with … edible straws?

Sure, why not!

According to a press release, “Tropical Smoothie Café is the first restaurant brand to offer edible, eco-friendly Sorbos straws in the United States.”

The straws are flavored and 100% biodegradable. They are advertised as staying firm for up to 40 minutes in cold and frozen beverages. Each straw is packaged individually.

Jump in on the ground floor of this one at Tropical Smoothie, Palm Valley Cornerstone, 13375 W. Mcdowell Road, Goodyear.