Carrie Rengers

Park Grounds Coffeehouse opens in former Silvery space

Silvery Coffee & Bakery at 401 E. Madison in Derby has been closed for a week while Amanda Smith exited the business and new owner Brittney Mathew prepared to take over.

“It’s terrifying, but it’s what I’ve always wanted to do,” Mathew says.

Smith recently married and says she’s looking forward to going on a new journey with her family but that she intends to be Mathew’s regular customer.

“I am so excited to see all the ideas that Brittney has for this spot,” Smith says.

The business, which is across from Madison Avenue Central Park, reopens Tuesday as Park Grounds Coffeehouse.

“I just wanted to do a play on that,” Mathew says.

She’s making a few other changes as well.

New hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Mathew says she’s opening earlier so customers can get their coffee earlier.

She still plans to keep the business closed on Sundays but is open to changing that based on demand.

Mathew also is adding to the fairly simple food and drink menu with additional food and drinks, such as “some summertime … refreshing beverages.”

“Right now it’s pretty coffee heavy.”

She’s also planning to start working on a liquor license.

“I want to bring more business here,” Mathew says.

Once she has alcohol, she says, she’ll extend the weekend hours to 10 p.m.

Mathew also plans to have at least one live musical act a weekend.

“Who doesn’t want to hang out in a coffee shop and listen to some good acoustic music and have a good drink?”

Mathew is a former advertising representative for The Wichita Eagle.

She says helping small-business owners through advertising “kept me really involved in sort of that mindset.” She says she always knew she would one day buy a business.

Mathew isn’t a Derby resident, but she says, “It’s not out of the question.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers