In March of 2010, almost eight years ago, Coffee Waves Port Aransas opened for business. My husband David, who I had just started dating then, designed the shop. Coffee Waves truly holds such special memories for locals, winter Texans, spring breakers, and vacationers.
We were devastated when Hurricane Harvey wrecked havoc on Port Aransas. For more on our initial thoughts and journey towards overcoming, check out a previous post called "Unified Front: Hurricane Harvey Update".
“Sadly, our coffee shop in Port Aransas is a total loss. The front door was knocked down by a wall of seaweed & trash. At least 3 feet of heavy flooding came in the shop, not to mention all the wind and rain. Please pray for my family, and the employees that will be without work for quite some time.” -David Bendett
After the shock and heartbreak, we went hard into clean up and rebuild. We had our two littles come see the the damage and the rebuild process. They may not remember, but now we have photos to show them as we tell the story years from now.
With help from amazing volunteers, our favorite contractor, and a very supportive landlord, we were able to remodel and open for business four months later! The great thing about remodeling is that we got to make all of the changes we had longed to make over the years! Here are just a few of the changes-
Improved bar layout
Increased seating options
I had so much fun designing this shop! The goal was to brighten and open up the space. White shiplap and tile, grey walls, and lots of plants made that happen!
For a pop of color we added a bright and fun chalkboard mural. The bench seating below the bar really helps us maximize seating in those busy summer months. I'd say the hanging plant rack is up there in my favorites along with the cement bar and chalk wall. The shop is back and more beautiful than ever. That's just how good our God is!
The quote on the wall is something I came up with and something I believe down deep. I pray it brings hope to all who come in our shop.
And last, I want to say THANK YOU so much for all of the love and support! We are so excited to see Port Aransas restored to even more beauty than ever before!
May our shop serve as a place of peace, rest, and normalcy amidst the recovery process in Port Aransas.