On This Day- Hurricane Harvey

On This Day- Hurricane Harvey

On this very day last year Hurricane Harvey hit the town that has our hearts–Port Aransas, Texas. (as well as many other places in Texas who are just as important, but this post is about our personal story :).  This category four storm left behind complete devastation. The wave line in the photo below marks how high the standing water was when we arrived to see the damage. Due to water damage and mold, we were forced to gut everything and start over. The cost of new equipment and rebuild seemed so unattainable at the time. In the emotion of it all, we truly questioned whether it was worth it to spend so much to rebuild, not knowing how long it would take Port Aransas to be what it once was. But, we ultimately decided to try again because we love the people and the town and could not imagine not being part of it long term. With the love and support of family and community we were able to rebuild!

Today this shop is more beautiful than ever before. And truly, our amazing managers Matt and Sarah, along with our staff have poured their time and love into making this shop what it is today. They truly have a heart for the people of Port Aransas and it shows. With their help, we’ve had several record sales days and have regained our consistent business flow as if nothing ever happened!  We are thankful beyond words for the support we’ve been shown this year. Most of all thankful that our God restores all that is lost and makes it new again—even better than we could’ve imagined. 💕

For a more detailed version of this story as well as photos of the initial destruction and rebuild process, simply click the link to see my previous posts: “Unified Front: Hurricane update” and  “Coffee Waves Port Aransas Restored”

Oh and by the way, we went bright and Blue. ALL THINGS NEW. 🙂

 

Coffee Waves Port Aransas Restored

Coffee Waves Port Aransas Restored

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-

  • Expanded kitchen
  • Improved bar layout
  • Office space
  • 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!

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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.