PARK CITY, Utah. — The Bumps N Grinds coffee shop, a fixture of Park City Mountain, caught on fire yesterday morning. By the time the Park City Police Department and Park City Fire District responded, the flames had destroyed everything inside the structure. Owner Mel Laird has been fueling resort employees and guests for over a decade and hopes to be back soon, according to the business’ Facebook page.
Melinda Behum, currently on her sixth season as a ski patroller at Park City Mountain, was Laird’s neighbor when she moved here over 11 years ago. Behum incorporated almost daily visits to Bumps N Grinds to get energized for long days at the resort.
“It is a true local spot and Mel literally helped fuel the mountain to get it going in the mornings,” Behum said. “She is so wonderful to all the employees. She has helped us run the mountain more than she probably will ever know.”
A GoFundMe for “Bumps & Grinds – Bring Back the Shack” is already up and running with a goal to raise $30,000. More than $5,000 has already been raised in the past 12 hours. According to the GoFundMe page, the fundraiser was started by Michelle McDonald, who wrote in the fundraising description:
“One of our last old school, local, friend operated businesses -Bumps & Grinds – caught fire this morning. If you’ve known Mel for 20 years, or maybe you met her in just the last few weeks – you are lucky enough to know a person and place authentic to this old ski town; and welcome, you are a local now, too!
Mel is not ready to quit – so here it is: BRING BACK the SHACK. Click here to donate to help rebuild/restart our neighbor’s business in PC now!”
We will continue to update this story as we learn more details.