About Us

Common Grounds is locally owned by the McCreary family. It started in 1992 as just a local coffee shop and has grown into the largest locally owned coffee business in Lexington. Besides the 3 stores, Common Ground's has a warehouse facility where coffee is roasted fresh every week and  the warehouse is where the majority of the food products are made in the company's commercial kitchen. The warehouse is also where other local Kentucky coffee shop owners come to purchase coffee shop products like DaVinci syrups, Gheradelli chocolate and of course freshly roasted coffee.

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Here's a little video we put together so you can learn more about us: 


Our Team

Lori McCreary - President

Lori grew up north of Seattle in Washington state. She started her first coffee shop in her high school and has been a fan of the coffee culture for years. She took a hiatus from coffee when she moved to Kentucky to get her CPA and raise two children. She took coffee backup in 2011 by purchasing Common Grounds.

Our Community

As you know, at Common Grounds we respect and value our role as a member of our local community, and so we are proud to support local agencies and organizations that are working to directly better the health, happiness, and creativity of our shared community.

Below are just a few of the organizations that we've supported so far this year:

  • The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
  • Edythe H Hayes Middle School
  • Harrison Elementary School
  • Southern Elementary School
  • Glendover Elementary School
  • Keeneland College Scholarship Day
  • Bluegrass Pride
  • Race to Read 5 Fundraiser
  • Lexington Public Library - 1 Book 1 Bluegrass
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma at Cenre College
  • Cente for Courageous Kids
  • NoLi
  • Bluegrass Community Foundation

Know of an organization or cause that you think we should be supporting? Let us know.

Job Opportunities

We are always looking for talented individuals. If you'd like to join our team please email a resume with a little bit about your background to us.