Heather Baker and Heaven McKinney

Who doesn’t love a good drink? Whether it is a cocktail, smoothie, coffee or something new, Thursdays will now be Thirsty Thursday at AY About You


Arkansas is proving itself to be a hub of signature swigs and here at AY, we want to shed light on the movers and shakers of the drink industry around The Natural State. Stay tuned for weekly recipes, stories and more that are sure to lift your spirits (alcoholic or not) and have you sipping in style! 

One of Grind Coffee Bistro’s drinks!

For the first #ThirstyThursday of June, we searched for a drink that pairs perfectly with hot temperatures and early commutes. When AY’s Publisher Heather Baker stumbled upon The Grind Coffee Bistro in Little Rock and was greeted with personable service and delightful sips, we knew we had found the area’s newfound treasure. 


The Grind Coffee Bistro is in the Pleasant Ridge Shopping Center in west Little Rock. The owner, Heaven McKinney, picked the cozy spot as her coffee oasis in 2018. 


While visiting The Grind’s corner shop, McKinney spoke to Heather about the reason behind the business and her go-to Grind drink, the caramel macchiato. 


Along with macchiatos and meatloaf, the Grind is known for its indulgent lattes. McKinney suggests first-timers try her peppermint patty latte. 


“It’s life-changing,” says a laughing McKinney. 


It is important to note that the Grind menu does not stop with coffee. In addition to coffees, the Bistro offers breakfast and lunch menu options, sweet treats, custom orders, catering and private parties. 


The Grind Coffee Bistro is open every day of the week with varied hours. Additional information regarding hours and online menus is located here.

Heaven McKinney