Meet Your Neighbor: Mick Daly
Occupation: Retired police officer, owner of the new Tuff Beanz.
How long have you been in Truckee? About a year and a half.
And where did you move from?
What brought you to Truckee?
It wasn’t Ohio. [Laughs]. My wife passed away in 2003, we hung out for awhile [in Ohio] and we needed a change. We loaded up the truck and moved here. I’ve got a buddy of mine out here. I came out over the summer to visit, and I just really liked it.
You moved here with your family?
I have a six and a four year-old. The oldest is in first grade, and the youngest is in pre-school. I figured they were in school full-time so I needed to do something so I wouldn’t go insane.
How long has the new coffee shop, Tuff Beanz, been in the works?
I got it going in December, but the idea has been rolling around in my head for a few years and I thought I’d give it a shot while I had the chance. I didn’t know how to do anything else because I had been a cop for so long.
How long were you a policeman for?
15 years. In Dayton, Ohio.
When do you plan to open the coffee shop?
Last week I had my official first day.
Any plans to make your shop different than some of the other locally-owned shops in the area?
I’m right behind the 7-Eleven right off of Brockway by Blue Coyote [in Truckee]. There’s nothing really over here, yet. It’s an actual true coffee shop. The other ones in town are more like a deli. I’ve got a fireplace, a couple couches, tables and chairs. It’s more of a true coffee shop. There will be wireless Internet and the whole nine yards.
So there’s no more police work in your future?
After my wife passed I took a disability retirement. I had a neck injury that would have allowed me to retire anyway. The kids needed me home more than I needed to be out doing that. I was a stay-at-home dad for a little while. My brain is going to mush so I need to do something else productive.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen as a cop?
I was an undercover narcotics detective for three years. I did major case investigations with the FBI. I was on SWAT for six years. So I’ve been around the block a few times. I’d done pretty much anything and everything you can as a policeman.
What sorts of activities have you picked up since living out here?
Backcountry hiking. It’s been tough, though, since I’m a single dad. We hike pretty much every weekend, go on little trips. We live close to all these trailheads.
Do your kids like living in the Sierra?
They love it. They really like the hiking and the views.
So what’s your coffee drink of choice?
Organic Rainforest blend. And a little bit of sugar.
Is there anything else you’d like to mention?
The [coffee shop] hours are going to be 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. It’s an unaccessed niche in town so nothing’s open that late. It’s another option. And it’s a kid-friendly atmosphere ” I’ll have some toys in the corner. Because I know if the kids ain’t happy, you ain’t staying. I’m trying to open some untapped venues here. It’ll be my new home for awhile, in between juggling kids here and there.
The Sierra Sun’s Joanna Hartman interviewed Daly for this week’s Meet Your Neighbor. Please send suggestions for Meet Your Neighbor to firstname.lastname@example.org.