Great Coffee – Great People!
In the beginning:
Right after moving to Kyle in 2013, one of the first things I fell in love with was our square. You see, I was raised in the small town of Granbury, Tx which is known for its downtown square. Like Granbury’s square before its’ development, our square in Kyle is a diamond in-the-rough. And while our town square may not have a grand courthouse, there is still the charming center piece to the square: the old city hall. The Texas Pie Company (for which Kyle is known) is a cute little hole-in-the-wall where you can (quite literally) get lunch and pie! The rest of downtown includes the historic newspaper building, upstairs apartments in the same historic building, our new city hall, the police and our new fire station. Then came the Howry building. I was very excited for this because the new building was being built within the footprint of the current square. And, as the daughter of a historic preservationist, the word “footprint” essentially means “made to look as old as the other buildings” in a good way. And the first business in our new building was Wright’s Emporium.
Let there be Coffee:
It’s not as though there are not places to get coffee in Kyle. Starbucks has two locations just off the west side of I-35 at Kyle Crossing. This city of 35,0000 people is big compared to my small town of Granbury (having 7,500 people), so I like sticking to the back roads that I know, and our downtown is cozy. Wright’s Emporium (or “Slim’s” as I like to call it for its’ owner) is amazing. There are couches, tables, an outdoor and an indoor area. It is lovely. Slim has amazing coffee. And, if what you crave isn’t on the menu, he will make it for you just by listening to you. It reminds me of the “Central Perk” coffee shop from Friends, only better as it is not over-crowded. Time seems to slow here, and Slim can talk for ages about all of the different products in his store, local business development, theology and everything in between. Slim has “potions and lotions”, art, baseball memorabilia, clothing and more. My favorite product, aside from the coffee, is a black soap that is great for bathing. I have two boys and a husband, so the fact that I can buy a $5 bar of soap which also acts as shampoo (and lasts 3 months) is an awesome thing. He always has something new in the store from purses to shoes and scarfs. The store is always changing what it offers, and so there is always something new to see.
Wright’s Emporium (again “Slims” as I call it) is an experience that you don’t want to miss if you are traveling through or staying in Kyle. It is a warm and comfortable place…the kind of place where you can “sit a spell.” Children run up and down the stores at the Howry building, and everything around the area has blossomed into a unique family-friendly area. So, if you are new to Kyle or thinking about moving here, call me. I’ll buy you a cup of coffee.
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