A Local’s Coffee Shop Guide to San Antonio, Texas

A Local’s Coffee Shop Guide to San Antonio, Texas

It seems like pop-culture has decided that motherhood and drinking coffee go hand-in-hand. For me, that’s definitely true. Before getting into the groove of motherhood and becoming a SAHM, I was basically guzzling cup after cup of coffee just to survive.

Now that I have graduated with my masters and left my corporate job to run a household and manage a family business, I am less pressed to dive into caffeine several times I day. I have moved on to actually being able to sit enjoy a latte at one of my favorite coffee bars a couple of times a week. I love it and because of this change, I’m going to share with you some resident-approved coffee shops. Next time you visit San Antonio, skip the lines at your go-to internationally recognized coffee shop and try something more home-grown.

Revolucion Coffee + Juice:

This is my choice coffee spot if I’m in the mood to sit and eat breakfast with my coffee. The coffee is strong and well made and the breakfast tacos are healthy and delicious.

Favorite Sip: Cacao Cold Brew

Address: 7959 Broadway #507

Commonwealth Coffeehouse:

This coffee shop feels like a community and has a great vibe. I don’t go often, but when I do I’m always treated to great coffee and a great ambiance.

Favorite Sip: Classic Mocha

Address: 118 Davis Ct

Local Coffee:

Merit is Local. That’s their thing. This is my favorite place to get my coffee while I’m out with my kids at The Pearl. Right outside of the coffee shop’s big, glass windows is an open play area for dog and kid families alike. There is also an amazing little book store nearby. This particular location is my favorite but the coffee is consistently good no matter what location you visit.

Favorite Sip: Iced Caramel Latte

Address: 302 Pearl Parkway Suite #118 San Antonio, TX 78215

Summer Moon:

This is my favorite weekday morning coffee shop. It is only 2 minutes away from my kid’s school and the drive-through option makes it the most convenient but let me be clear: I do not go for the convenience. The coffee is delicious. I’m obsessed with it.

Favorite Sip: 16oz Half Wintermoon

Address: 3233 N St Mary’s St #102, San Antonio, TX 78212

Press Coffee:

Local Coffee and local pastries are served here. Press Coffee started as a small neighborhood shop and grew into a destination that so many SATX locals loved. After their initial success, Press Coffee moved into a larger shop all while staying consistent with their delicious coffee. This is a place to come, relax, and enjoy that cup of joe you’re really craving.

Favorite Sip: Dirty Chai Latte

Address: 4035 Broadway

Sip Brew Bar & Eatery:

If I’m being honest, I’ve never visited this spot but several friends, San Antonio natives, have recommended this place to me and I trust them. It has an urban feel and has great soft and table seating.

Address: 160 E Houston St.

Rise Up Acai Bowls:

If I’m in the mood for a caffeinated smoothie, this is where I go. This coffee shop has great seating (if you plan to stay while) including a couch, bar stools, tables that sit 4 and a couple of swings! Tip: If you’re only averagely coordinated, don’t try to drink your coffee on the swing. LOL.

Favorite Sip: Coffee Fox

Address: 6401 Broadway

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If you’re ever visiting San Antonio and need your coffee fix, these places will make your day.

Until Next Time,

Ashly

The Georgia-Pacific Plywood Mill Is All About Community

The Georgia-Pacific Plywood Mill Is All About Community

*This blog post is sponsored by Georgia-Pacific. All opinions are my own.

Recently I visited the Georgia-Pacific plywood mill in Corrigan, TX and it was such an informative, enjoyable, refreshing experience. If you’ve been here (on the blog) for a while, you know that my focus has always been family. Because of our family ranch, we have deep connections to the East Texas community and I was so excited when I was invited to the mill.

Georgia-Pacific is a long-standing supplier of building products to lumber and building materials dealers as well as large do-it-yourself warehouse retailers. GP Recycling subsidiary is also among the world’s largest recyclers of paper, metal, and plastics. The company also employs more than 30,000 people directly (over 1000 of those employees are in East Texas!), and creates nearly 92,000 jobs indirectly. It is, absolutely, a life force in the East Texas economy.

I had an interest in how the trees are put to use, how the plywood is made, yes, but I really wanted to see the more personal side of the company: the workers, the culture and all that good stuff. Let me tell you, GP did not disappoint.

Firstly, here are some fun plywood facts to go with the really cool picture above:

  • Plywood is super strong, light and can resist cracking and bending.
  • It is perfect for wood paneling
  • Made from inner and outer layers of solid timber that are glued together
  • GP makes the thinnest plywood around—that is their niche; the mill in Corrigan is literally called a “Thin Mill”

I was really blown away by the “like-family” culture. I met multiple employees that proudly told our group about their 10+, 20+, 30+ years with Georgia-Pacific; some employees talked about how Georgia-Pacific had employed their father, grandfather, sister, brother, etc. There was a sense of pride and connectedness between the workers and the product. It was a wonderful experience.

We toured the mill where we got to watch the machines and mill workers work in unison to create the product. There are even robotics systems put in place that identify and rout out knots and cracks, then patch the holes with hot glue-a synthetic patch material. (If you came to the blog first, head over to my IG account (here) to check out some video of these super cool machines.)

Immediately, I had questions. ‘Who are the robots replacing?’, ‘What happens to those people?’, and things like that. GP explained that a lot of the workers who previously mended the plywood, move into positions that allow them to work with the machines. Travel, training, and education are provided so that, in a lot of instances, not only are they not losing their jobs, they are able to take their experience and, through training, move into positions of greater opportunity. All of the management that I spoke with showed sincere concern and awareness of the weight their mill carries to continue to operate through a business model that provides jobs and continued opportunity to the community it serves. The Corrigan mill joined the GP family in 2007. Since then, Georgia-Pacific has immersed itself into the community, partnering with local schools, first responders, and colleges to raise funds, food and provide materials for educational purposes in high school shop programs and college apprenticeship programs. Through Angelina College, Sam Houston State, and Stephen F. Austin State University (my alma mater!) the apprenticeship program has produced over 50 apprentices who are now working at GP facilities.; many have developed into high-level electrical, mechanical and PLC specialists.

 

To learn more about GP’s work and programs, visit: www.gp.com

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