With a passion for music and a desire to own a coffee shop, Harker Heights residents Jennifer and Henry Moore brewed up the plan to blend the two at M&M Coffee House.
Henry, who worked in the real estate industry for 20 years, and Jennifer, a former bank information and technology employee, recently joined forces with Steve Tidwell to form Texas Music Country Music Entertainment Co.
“We have a lot of our band members who don’t drink and smoke,” Henry Moore said. “So we’re trying to offer the community a nondrinking, nonsmoking establishment to hang out at and have coffee and pastries and enjoy the music scene.”
The couple partnered with area business owner Robert Wieland to purchase and revamp the former Knight’s Knook building across the street from Harker Heights High School.
While working with Tidwell, who manages country musician Mickey Gilley, their entertainment company also manages local bands and national acts.
The goal is to also give back to the community, and some of the bands they have managed have held benefits for local causes such as Habitat for Humanity.
Henry Moore said the coffee shop will open on weekends to feature some of those acts, which could include Josh Merrell, Guadalupe Pirates, Lazy J and the Dirty Shuffle or Dale Dillard.
“So we tied this into what we already do, and we both have a passion for music,” he said.
Jennifer Moore said they also got feedback from area teens about what products they wanted the coffee shop to offer.
Swedish coffee, light and dark blends, espressos, cappuccinos, flavors such as blueberry crunch, hazelnut, cinnamon, French vanilla, spiced chai and vintage sodas made with pure cane sugar and touted as elixirs are a few of the beverages patrons can sip on, Henry Moore said.
Jennifer Moore said gourmet cupcakes, Texas waffles, homemade Baklava and paninis are among the fare.
Hours are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Henry Moore said hours could change based on what the morning rush looks like and plans to have a night for churches to bring in Christian singers.
“That’s the cool thing about owning your own business ... we’ll make adjustments as needed,” he said.
Jennifer Moore said two more employees will staff the coffee house, which also offers Wi-Fi.