Ashley Martin knows coffee but as a former barista at Uncommon Grounds in Indianola she has taken on a new role. She and her husband, Christopher, are the new owners.

Anyone who's spent time at Uncommon Grounds will recognize Ashley Martin.

She used to be a barista at the coffee shop.

Martin will be around to greet customers a little more because she got a bit of a promotion. She owns the place now.

The Illinois native took over the shop in February. She said no one will notice much of a change at the shop immediately.

Changes will come after she shuts down the coffee shop for renovations in April or May. 

For now, the shop will still serve a lot of what customers have grown accustomed to and they'll be open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays. 

Martin said she'll eventually close the shop for two weeks to "update everything. Give it a facelift.

"When we open back up we will have revamped the menu a little bit," Martin said. "We will keep some favorites but add some new stuff in there." 

One change to the menu will include a daily special that will feature a home-cooked meal.

Martin said she'll offer dishes such as macaroni and cheese, or soup, or lasagna for lunch and dinner.

Which also means Uncommon Grounds will be open later. After the renovations, the coffee shop will be open until 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 10 p.m. Saturdays. 

Keep up to date with what's going on at uncommongroundsia.com.

The plan is to create a comfortable space people will want to hang out at all day long.

"We want to add in some couches and chairs," Martin said. "And in front of the window we're going to add in a bar op table with stools that will look outside onto The Square." 

There will also be a space for kids at the coffee shop. 

"We want to make this place something that everybody should come in and feel at home in and be cozy in and love," Martin said.

In addition to other changes, Martin said she hopes to eventually start hosting open mic nights and live music. Anyone who's interested in signing up to host an open mic night or would like to play music at the shop can stop in and talk to Martin any time. 

Martin, whose husband, Christopher, is an Indianola native, said she has been thinking about buying the coffee shop for a while.

After she stopped working at the coffee shop to stay at home with her kids, Martin said she still stopped in often.

Melanie Abbott, Uncommon Grounds' previous owner, told Martin she was selling the shop. 

"I was interested but we hadn't really thought about doing it" Martin said. "Later on we came in and talked to her again and told her we were interested in buying it, but she said she had a buyer.

"So at that time it wasn't going to work out," Martin continued. "But things fell through with that and it worked out for us to get it. For the past four or five months we've been trying to get things in order." 

Now, Martin said, things worked out how she wanted them to. 

If supporting a local business isn't enough of an incentive to check out Uncommon Grounds, maybe the cheesecake will lure people in.

Martin has introduced her dad's cheesecake.

"It's my dad's recipe and he wants to start his own company, Burghardt Cheesecake," Martin said. "We want to make it so people can buy cheesecakes for the holidays or special order them for events or to come in and get a slice."

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