Darian Elliott might not be old enough to share a beer with her dad Stan Elliott yet, but the father-daughter pair are able to share something else together — two small businesses, which the duo co-own and operate out of their own back yard.
Darian, 20, celebrated the grand opening of her new coffee shop-stand, earlier this month, “That Coffee Shop.” The tiny shed-build out is only 10 feet by 16 feet. The small sliding door reveals a couch, a countertop with two stool seats, and a bar for Darian to serve her customers coffee.
The little shop looks cut out of a tiny home magazine or like something plucked from a food truck yard in Austin — it’s quaint, modern, chic and fun.
Outside the brightly painted shed, several outdoor benches sit on -artificial turf, where patrons can sit and sip their drink. Across the small industrial-park-like yard is a large patterned tent with several tables, reminding visitors of a family barbecue. Behind it sits a large white trailer decorated with the words ‘Pop’s BBQ’ and a smiley emoji wearing a cowboy hat.
The whole yard feels like something old and new at the same time.
“So far we’ve enjoyed it, we agree most of the time — I won’t say all of the time, but most of the time,” said Stan Elliott with a laugh.
Stan isn’t new to owning businesses — in fact, Stan also owns two other businesses, Crossroads DJ which he’s operated for over 33 years and Crossroads Laser Designs.
“I work for a printing company in Austin area, I’ve done that for 30-something years,” Stan Elliott said. “I found if I stay really busy, it keeps me out of the bars every night, and in my spare time I go fishing,” he added with a laugh.
Whereas Pop’s BBQ has been officially in business for around six months, That Coffee Shop just opened it’s doors Saturday, May 18, thanks to a big final push to get everything ready, Stan Elliott said.
“There was a lot of rushing around last week to get everything ready,” Stan Elliott said. “But we made it.”
The opening went really well, Darian said. She said she was happy to see people come out to check out the product.
“I tried a bunch of blends and I think this is the best one, we’ve been able to find that’s affordable.”
When making the menu, Darian said she wanted to keep it simple and to the point.
“I have a very generic menu, it’s just kind of what you’d normally expect out of a coffee shop, it’s not like other places that have a special drink or a drink with lots and lots of sugar, it’s kind of the basics, and then you can add what you want to it,” Darian Elliott said.
Darian does most of the cooking for Pop’s now also, Stan said. Stan has electronic probes that allow him to control the oven temperature from a distance, Darian said.
“Once she puts it in and she sticks a couple of probes into the meat, and from wherever I’m at it’s all connected right through wifi and internet, so wherever I’m at, I can see the temperature of the pit and what the meat temperature is, and make sure things are staying the way they’re supposed to be,” Stan Elliott said.
That Coffee Shop is open from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays, and Pop’s BBQ is open Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and then 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
“I was trying to do just a quiet, backyard barbecue kind of atmosphere, it’s away from the hustle and bustle of town, and I have people drive up from Austin and San Antonio every weekend,” Stan Elliott said.