Our Grandfather, Orville Nail, from Shelbyville, IN, was a widower who was left with six children to raise. There was not a lot of money in those days and when he met my Grandmother Lilly Mae Pearson, they fell in love, married and brought thirteen more children into the world. Nineteen in all, plus the two parents made for a family of 21.
Hard work was this family’s middle name. Granddad worked as a typesetter for the town newspaper, The Democrat, and Grandma cleaned houses. They could hardly make ends meet. Times were tough and money scarce.
A neighbor, who knew of the situation, offered to share her horse feed with the Nail family – the feed was called Bran and Shorts. Grandma would send one of her kids over to the horse barn and they would scoop a pail of horse feed and take it home to her. This resourceful woman used it for making pancakes for her large family.
Her philosophy was that if you were fed and full you wouldn’t notice the things missing from your life, like new shoes or new clothes. Through the experiences and hardships the family grew close and the siblings best friends. These friendships remained throughout their whole life.
This coffee shop is dedicated to the hard working NAIL family and especially our Mother, ELSIE CARMELITTA NAIL GREGORY who shared her vision for this business before she passed away in 2012...