Coffee in an Actual House
Common Grounds Coffee House take a very literal approach to its name. Located in an actual house at 2812 E. Douglas, the space has been converted into one of Wichita’s most unique coffee shops.
Not far from Wichita’s College Hill neighborhood, the three-story house was built in 1909. It features several rooms to hang out in, so you can order your food or beverage on the main floor and then head upstairs to some of the house’s other rooms, like the game room, the sun room, and more. The house’s multilevel design and separate rooms to hang out in offer a much more private experience than the typical one-room coffee shop. The environment is relaxed and friendly, and several couches and padded chairs make Common Grounds a really comfortable place to relax with friends. If you’re feeling high-energy and a little competitive, you can shoot some pool or play ping-pong in the game room. If you want to relax in a warm and bright environment, feel free to enjoy your coffee in the sunroom. You can also listen to music or watch tv on the main floor. There’s a place for everyone at Common Grounds.
The menu features a variety of reasonably-priced items like hot and cold drinks, pastries and sandwiches. There’s also a selection of pre-packaged chips, muffins, and more. The coffee house offers regular weekly specials and has occasional promotions on food and merchandise, which are posted on the Common Grounds Facebook page.
The location and floor plan of the coffee house aren't all that make it unique. Common Grounds is also affiliated with a local addiction treatment organization.
Coffee For a Cause
Common Grounds opened its doors in June of 2012 and is owned by Randy Ecker and Diana Mershon. The two also own Seventh Direction Inc., a local treatment organization for recovering addicts. Seventh Direction Inc., located at 212 N. Hillside, offers a variety of services, including substance abuse education, outpatient treatment, assessment and referral services, intervention services, peer support services, age/gender specific treatment groups and more. Peer support and 12 step meetings which are open to the public are available directly through Common Grounds.
Ecker and Mershon Originally opened Common Grounds as a place for Seventh Direction clients to hang out, and the third floor of Common Grounds is reserved for client meetings. All are welcome at Common Grounds, and if you haven’t been, it’s definitely worth the visit.
"We wanted a place to have people meet and enjoy a peaceful, serene environment with good coffee, conversation and food," Ecker said. "We also do peer mentoring with the youth of our community, and having Common Grounds provides a good environment for members of our community to role model positive behavior to these youth who may not otherwise have that."
Common Grounds is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.