As soon as the kitchen is installed, Parks plans to employ stepdaughter Amanda Parks, an avid baker, to bake muffins, cakes, cookies and breads on site.
The coffee menu reflects a slight Latin influence, a result of their Palm Beach years, with flavored Macchiato, a Cuban drink, and Café Con Leche, a sweet espresso and steamed milk drink that is Parks' favorite.
The rough brick and partially plastered walls hold shelves where patrons browse for books to borrow or for a board game to play. "A lot of people have coffee and play Yahtzee," she said. "On Thursday nights, a chess group meets. Rich Shaever runs it. He will play or will teach anyone to play."
Several Bible study and special interest groups meet regularly. Customers settle in with their laptops and take advantage of free WiFi.
Another planned summer improvement is the addition of a walk-up window, so patrons who are walking dogs and can't come in, or others who are in a hurry, can get their coffee on the run. The city of South Charleston plans to add benches just outside her shop, so fair weather diners can sip alfresco.
Denise grew up in South Charleston, and was lured back home by family members who still live in the area. She also missed the changing seasons during her 20 years in Florida.
"Every other job I've had has been in an office," she said. "This is the first job I've had where I get to deal with lots of people. I really like it."
The Daily Cup, on the corner of D Street and Seventh Avenue in South Charleston, is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Sunday. Call 304-205-5897.
Reach Julie Robinson at jul...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1230.