We’ve seen a lot of people doing great things with coffee recently, and The Life House is certainly one we are impressed with. This Rockwall, TX based company, located in a renovated 1930’s home, has become somewhat of a haven for local residents.
Jeremy Standifer, owner, says “People tell me all the time that they feel like they’re on vacation when they come here. We want this to be a space where people can come and experience life, both the ups and the downs. We want them to feel like we’ve invited them into our home.”
And he’s certainly got the homey-feeling down pat. Part coffee house, part Euro bakery, and amazingly part golf disc store, The Life House offers a very unique and comfortable experience to its customers. Jeremy, and his wife Katy also believe in supporting local business, a pattern that is fluid throughout this small community. Says Jeremy “If other local businesses do well, I do well,” he said. “We want to create a culture in Rockwall of small, independent shops.”
To support local businesses, they purchase milk only from local farmers, for instance. When it comes to other ingredients, they make a list to see if they can purchase it locally, if they can’t they try to purchase at least within the US.
So, how did disc golf, coffee, and baking come together? “It all began with disc golf,” Jeremy said. “We wanted to have a local shop that sold disc golf supplies, since they were so difficult to find.” Katy has been baking for over a decade, and is quite good at it. She began baking bread for friends, while Jeremy simultaneously began roasting coffee beans. One day, all three were merged and The Life House began.
The coffee is imported from South American, African, and Asian micro-farms – but Jeremy does all the roasting himself. And, on two roasters he built himself, to top it off. In the bakery, you’ll find breads, scones, croissants, and an abundance of other delicious and freshly baked items. They also sell organic goods.
The sandwiches deserve their own paragraph. All of the sandwich ingredients are obtained locally, and sandwiched between Katy’s fresh baked bread. The local residents eat them religiously. One sandwich, the “Scooby Doo”, incorporates toasted cheese, chicken salad, bacon, and sausage.
In addition, the cafe portion of the coffee house is multimedia equipped, and can be rented.
We think Jeremy and Katy have definitely produced their vision of “Living simply and eating organically”.