Beans & Books Fuel Hometown Business at DBC

Good Food, Good Company and Good Conversations Fuel Snow Hill Coffeehouse

Growing up on Maryland’s Coast, Snow Hill native Lorissa McAllister treasured fond memories of Salisbury’s Barnes & Noble. Together with her mother, they frequented B&N’s cafe to indulge their shared love of reading and coffee.

After graduating from Salisbury University with a degree in Conflict Analysis & Dispute Resolution, Lorissa was interning with Eileen Matlack at Mediation Services when she met Michael Day, Snow Hill’s then Main Street director. Recognizing her town lacked a coffee shop to serve the many residents and visitors doing business in the county seat, she also discovered that resources were available to help small business owners.

Inspired to meet Snow Hill’s need, this budding entrepreneur put a plan in motion to create a welcoming café where customers could enjoy great coffee, delicious fare, and lively conversations. Thanks to a $30,000 VLT* business loan, she acquired the working capital and equipment needed to open The Daily Brew Coffeehouse in 2016 when she was just 25 years old.

Frequented by locals and visitors to the adjacent county administration building, DBC has become a favorite destination for both. Serving a seasonal menu of salads, sandwiches, fresh baked goods and ice cream, the coffeehouse is also a go-to cafe. In a nod to the B&N that inspired DBC, Lorissa also offers books for sale or loan to encourage customers to relax over a cup of coffee and a good read.

Being a small business owner has taught this owner-operator many lessons about commerce – and life.

“Adaptability and diversification – especially this past year with COVID – have helped make me a stronger, smarter business woman,” she says, adding “you have to be flexible to meet the needs of your customers and the marketplace to succeed.”

After five years in business, Lorissa is motivated by her customers. She shares a favorite story of an older couple who are ‘regulars’ to the DBC. The couple stops in three times a week for lunch, telling Lorissa they’re enticed by ‘good food, good company and good conversations.’

To learn more about the Daily Brew Coffeehouse, visit their website or follow them on Facebook. For information on Maryland’s Video Lottery Terminal Fund, contact Michele Burke at (410) 632-3112.