After envisioning a place for people of all ages to enjoy, one mom – a self-proclaimed nerd and music enthusiast – opened a coffee shop that is well loved in the community.
The Garage Coffee, Music & More opened in 2014 after Renee Gaylor and her family decided to stay in Fort Stockton.
Originally from El Paso, Gaylor moved to the area in 1999 and was considering leaving the area once her kids grew up.
“There's not a whole lot you can take kids to,” she said.
She decided to take a chance and cash out everything to open up a place where people could enjoy coffee and music and art and fun times.
“The coffee shop is what keeps us here,” said Gaylor. “Nobodies getting rich but it keeps us here.”
While the coffee percolates revenue, the concerts and shows are another matter. Gaylor hosts performers for free. Any price paid to enter goes directly to the band performing.
“We just hope people buy coffee when they're here,” she said.
They also host various trivia nights and family feuds just for the community to have another option for things to do.
“It's something different,” she said. “We really do it for fun.”
The majority of Gaylor's free time is spent planning events, advertising and promoting on social media.
“I enjoy it, it doesn't really feel like work,” she said.
Gaylor said that it is hard to find venues that will allow all ages and she is thankful that the community comes out to support the artists who come through.
While attendance may vary, Gaylor said the community supports them whenever they can.
“I know not all styles of music are for everybody,” she said. “If we shut our doors, we would hear it.”
Gaylor hopes to continue in the business and one day pass it down to her 6-year-old granddaughter, Bailey Ureste.
Ureste is already practicing making drinks and learning the ropes of register during her summer break.
“I wanna stay here forever,” she said.