DRINKS AND DISHES TO TRY
The Sunset Queen ($5.25) is a tea with chamoy sauce.
The Call Me Old Fashioned ($5.50) includes espresso.
PHOTOS BY ANDREW CHRISTMANCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER DINING FEATURE
Conduit Coee is owned and operated by partners Christina Reece, left, and Robin Farrar, right, who can be found in the shop with their dog.
Conduit Coee Shop owners look to build community of support P rior to opening Conduit Coee in April 2021, co-owners and partners Christina Reece and Robin Farrar knew the importance of BY ANDREW CHRISTMAN
The adult lunchable ($11) has assorted cured meats and cheeses, gluten-free crackers and fresh fruit.
coee shop and spends the time to get to know the person. “She really takes the time to see people,” she said. “It is amazing.” Conduit Coee also acts as a meeting space for organizations, including local school groups. Reece and Farrar said there is an option to reserve the shop for private gatherings and events as well. More than coee Along with its coee oerings, Conduit Coee oers a combination of small bites, including breakfast tacos and refrigerated items such as “adult lunchable” charcuterie boxes and over- night oats. Reece and Farrar said they have built connec- tions with other local businesses to sell their products, including pastries from Chic Sweets Fine Desserts, ice cream from Luliet Creamery and Bake Shop, and homemade coee syrups. The couple is also expanding oerings with a lifestyle market that will have similar oerings found at local farmers markets. “It is going to be all local vendors and little things,” Farrar said. For the coee, Reece said she uses her 12 years of experience in various coee shops and restau- rants for each cup, and Conduit Coee partners with Puré Coee out of Spring for its beans. Along with its regular oerings, Conduit Coee has seasonal drinks that are sometimes suggested and created by sta members, including the seasonal summer drink called The Sunset Queen with tangy chamoy sauce from area business Pica Queen. “Our job is to really, truly care for it,” she said. “What we do is time and weigh everything, and we nd the best recipe for the coee.”
having local support. Reece said following a rough upbringing and losing her job, community and home after coming out as gay at age 22, a friend helped her get a job at a Starbucks, which helped introduce her to the coee community. “I needed that,” she said. “I needed to be supported, and I needed to know that there are people out there who just kind of love you wherever you are.” Reece said the sense of love and acceptance really helped her when she needed it, and that is the feeling she wants people to have when they come into her coee shop. Building a community Reece and Farrar said the mission of having Conduit Coee is to make a safe space for all people who come. “At the end of the day, every person wants to be seen, heard and loved,” Reece said. “We want to serve good coee and be a place for people to rest.” Farrar said the atmosphere of acceptance extends to Conduit’s sta. “Most of our employees are from marginalized groups as well,” Farrar said. “People have made friends here. We just hung out with a group of people on Sunday that were all strangers, and they all made friends here.” Farrar said when the coee shop opened, it oered a way for people to socialize during the coronavirus pandemic, and her goal is to get people to understand each other. Farrar said Reece makes an eort to learn the name of almost every person who comes into the
Garden toast ($9.75) is a new item added in early June featuring a variety of toppings.
Overnight oats ($4) is available for a breakfast option at Conduit Coee.
Conduit Coee 27140 Glen Loch Drive, The Woodlands 281-323-4695 www.conduitcoeehtx.com Hours: Tue.-Wed. 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Thu.-Fri. 6:30 a.m. -8 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-8 p.m., closed Sun.-Mon.
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THE WOODLANDS EDITION • JUNE 2022
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