Patrons of Spencer’s Coffee Haus may already be quite familiar with the 2-year-old French bulldog often found hanging out in the business’ office, or lounging in the outdoor seating area.
Spencer belongs to Alex Taylor, co-owner of the new coffee shop in Crosby.
Spencer may be a canine, but Taylor considers him her baby, she said. She feels similarly devoted to her new business in which she has invested so much. It was only natural they should share a name.
“Spencer (the dog) represents my home, so I wanted the business to continue that home environment feel,” Taylor said.
The Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce and community joined Spencer’s Coffee Haus on Friday, Dec. 8, for its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony.
Spencer’s Coffee Haus opened its doors about four weeks ago, and Alex Taylor said they already have about 20 regular customers and have been visited by many more.
She owns the coffee shop along with her mother and grandfather. However, her mother, Brandi Taylor, credits most of the concept and legwork to Alex Taylor.
“This is the first business Alex built from the ground up,” Brandi Taylor said. “She did all of the research to figure out how it can be different and better.”
Alex Taylor had been helping with the family’s business in the oil and gas industry since around the age of five and got a firsthand look into what business ownership entailed. She always dreamed of opening a business of her own in the hospitality field.
Her mother and grandfather sold their business in 2015, and the family decided to turn their attention to something new and fun.
They got to work conducting market research and recognized the growth potential for the Crosby and Huffman areas.
The family has owned a property on FM 2100 in Crosby since 2009 and decided it would be the perfect place to build a business.
“We thought, ‘Why not a destination place – something that’s nothing like other businesses on 2100,” Brandi Taylor said.
The idea to build a new coffee shop was born.
Bringing this shop to fruition is a project Alex Taylor and her family have been pursuing since December 2016. Monday, Dec. 4 marked the start of Spencer’s fourth week open and serving customers.
Currently, Spencer’s Coffee Haus has drive-thru service and two outdoor seating areas, including a garden area and a covered patio area.
“I want it to feel like it does when you’ve just woken up in the morning and you’re hanging out in your backyard sipping coffee – that home-feel,” Alex Taylor said.
They plan to add indoor seating possibly next year.
Spencer’s will also be adding a small batch bakery to the shop that will serve fresh food. Farm-to-table ingredients will be handpicked from the garden they plan to start.
Alex Taylor hired a knowledgeable team of employees with nine-plus years of experience. Together, they invented a menu of beverages, including customizable coffee that allows customers to choose their coffee type, syrup flavor, and milk.
“I think one of our differences is we catered our menu to our customers,” Brandi Taylor said. “We let them create what they like.”
Spencer’s Coffee Haus takes pride in keeping its business within the state of Texas. They buy their products from local businesses, like their provider of roasted beans who operates in Porter.
Local charities are especially important to Alex Taylor. Each month, she chooses a local charity to which she will donate a portion of sales.
Spencer’s Coffee Haus is a dog-friendly environment. In fact, there’s discussion of adding a dog park on the site.
Alex Taylor intends to continue promoting the business as animal-friendly through various initiatives. For example, on Dec. 2, Spencer celebrated his second birthday and all day, customers received free homemade dog treats.
“Basically, bring any animal, and we’ll give you something,” Alex Taylor said.
From the beginning, Brandi Taylor explained, they knew they wanted their business to be something unique. She credits her daughter for making that vision a reality, drawing inspiration from the place she now calls home.
“Alex has traveled all around the world,” Brandi Taylor said. “She’s been to London, Paris, Germany, Amsterdam, Holland, Mexico.”
However, Alex Taylor realized she wanted her business’ atmosphere to reflect the beauty, nature and homelike feel of the Crosby and Huffman communities.
“This is somewhere families can come out and enjoy the day,” Brandi Taylor said. “Or it’s a chance to get out of the office and get coffee and a pastry while enjoying nature. We have 38 acres of land, and the back of the property opens up onto three beautiful ponds. It’s just so peaceful. The stress of your day-to-day life fades away and you can take a breath and relax.”
Brandi Taylor noted that customer service is another major facet to the Spencer’s Coffee Haus experience.
“We are who we are – very friendly people,” she said. “What I like about our coffee shop is all three people meet you at the drive-thru window to say good morning. We get on a first-name basis with customers and know their coffee. That’s the difference you’re going to get.”
Spencer’s Coffee Haus is at 21224 FM 2100 Road in Crosby.
Its current hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Eventually, once they get more staff onboard and trained, the hours of operation will be extended.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/SpencersCoffeeHaus/.
By Melanie Feuk
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