New coffee shop coming to Moline

New coffee shop coming to Moline

The drive along Rt. 6 will have a new chance for a extra caffeine kick starting later this month.

Sunny’s Coffee Shop is expected to open mid-February and be open Monday-Saturday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. offering both a drive-through and indoor, sit-down options. The building at 6816 34th Street Court in Moline is the former home to State Beauty Supply, a wholesale distributor for cosmetology supplies. The company vacated the building due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Max McDermott makes a latte at his coffee shop Sunny’s on Thursday, Feb. 1.

Gretchen Teske

Sunny’s Owner Max McDermott drove past the building everyday on his way to Rock Island, where he works as a firefighter. An avid coffee drinker, he noticed there was no ideal place to stop and get a caffeine fix before starting his shift.

His dad owns the building and offered the space to other coffee shops in the area. Nobody was interested, which gave McDermott the in he was looking for. After two weeks of mulling it over with his wife, they decided to take the leap of faith. 

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“I said you know what, let’s do it,” he said.

For the past several months, McDermott has been teaching himself the ins and outs of the coffee business. That is on top of months of research prior.

“I went around to coffee shops in the Quad-Cities and I thought to myself, ‘What do I like and what do I not like?'” he said. “I wanted people to have enough options to satisfy everyone.”

Being a proud dad to toddlers, having a drive-thru was a must. Being busy, he wanted to make sure there were caffeine-free options he could consume on an empty stomach.

In Sunny’s, McDermott plans to have breakfast sandwiches, breakfast burritos, coffee, frappes, smoothies, energy drinks and every latte and cappuccino option available. The inside of the shop has an industrial feel with live-edge counters, concrete floors and exposed ceilings.

The dining area has tables and booths that will allow customers to work from the cafe. Creating a place where people can be comfortable and relax was a big goal for McDermott. 

Sunny’s is a refence to his late mom, who would often take him to coffee shops when he was a child because she enjoyed the atmosphere and it created a sunny spot on her day. She later named her dog Sunny, another pull for the name.


A sneak peek inside Sunny’s, a new coffee shop coming to Rt. 6 in Moline.

Gretchen Teske

McDermott said he wanted to create a place where customers felt comfortable, welcomed and appreciated. Whether customers are on the go or have time to come inside, the goal is to create an inviting, open space that leaves a sunny spot on every customer’s day.

“I think a lot of people want to see a smiling face,” he said. “I’ve told the people I’ve hired that the only thing mandatory is a smile.”