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Cheri Peebles Opens Grayt Grounds at Monet Monet on Scenic 30A

May 2, 2013 by Jill Tanner

You'll find Cheri Peebles and company in a new location, but the experience is still all about community, love, and hugs. Cheri has moved her operation from Grayt Coffee House on the main drag in Grayton to a gem of a property with a rich tradition.

Her goal is to build off of her family's success and enhance the power and heart of the Grayton Beach community through grayt events, coffee and baked goods, catering, art, retail, and performances.

Cheri, her husband Bob, son Donald, and their faithful crew have been busy moving and working to make everything perfect for opening day. On Friday, May 3rd you can stop in and enjoy a cup of Joe, walk the gardens, and shop for art, jewelry, and more. Judging from past history, Grayt Grounds is destined to be a hit.  
 

 
Jonathon Quinn built the house and gardens in 1990. He recreated Claude Monet’s home and gardens in Giverny, France on a smaller scale. He did a truly spectacular job with incredible attention to detail. The property itself is a grayt attraction. In 2002 Rocky and Carla Hard bought the property for their jewelry business, Rock Hard Jewelers at Monet Monet.

With their move to Pensacola to further expand their business, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to do something new, and Cheri was the lady for the job. It could not have worked out any better. The old location of Grayt Coffee House recently sold and Cheri wasn’t sure where they would go from there. She met with long-time friend Carla Hard and both visualized the future of Grayt Grounds at Monet Monet. It was a match made in South Walton Heaven.
 

 
When you first walk up to Grayt Grounds, the gardens out front with peaches, tomatoes, herbs, and flowers immediately draw you in. The beautiful archway leading to the front door has that Secret Garden feel – like you have entered another world.

Inside you will find the coffee shop, which is stocked with t-shirts, koosies, games, jarred goods, and music. Every wall showcases a different artist, including Kay Brown, Franko “Washboard” Jackson, Shelly Swanger, Andy Saczynski, and Eric Lindell. One room is still designated for the exquisite designs of Rock Hard Jewelry.
 
Grayt Grounds offers an array of baked goodies, coffee, espresso, teas, and takeout meals for the family. After you fix your coffee just how you like it, take a walk through the gardens, which are just out the back door. The gardens are open to anyone who wants to enjoy them.
 
A new series Grayt Grounds is proud to announce is the Grayt Music Project. Artists will have the chance to express themselves in a way that is sometimes hard to do. They can share something from inside of them, be spiritual, or just talk or sing. Cheri is trying to create a platform for artists – an open place to be comfortable without judgment. The series will be by reservation only for $30 a person. Dinner will be served family-style – a community affair. There will be a shuttle service offered and included in the price.  
The other much-loved Grayt Events will continue – including trivia with Big Country every second Wednesday, Murder Mystery Dinner every third Wednesday, and Storytelling every third Thursday. These events are all BYOB and tickets can be purchased at www.graytgrounds.com.
 
Grayton Beach Catering and Beach to Bay Realty are also located at Grayt Grounds. Planning a wedding? Now you can book Monet Monet Gardens and Grayton Beach Catering through Cheri and her son, Donald Reeder all in the same location. They can provide everything you need for the perfect weekend - from lodging, catering, and venue, to bicycles and a bonfire on the beach.
 
May 8, 2013 is the big Victory Day Celebration at Grayt Grounds from 6 - 9 p.m. It is the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind, and revel in the beauty of the gardens. Enjoy the grand piano player and light hors d’oeuvres free of charge. Stop by soon to see everything Grayt Grounds has to offer.
 
“It’s like one big hug on this property” – Cheri Peebles.

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Jill is a long-time SoWal local transplanted from Georgia. Jill enjoys writing movie scripts in her bit of spare time.

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