Rise and Shine on Emory’s Downtown Square
Photos by Makayla Mahurin
At the northwest corner of the downtown square in Emory, Texas, sits a charming craftsman-style building wafting an intoxicating fragrance that helps the area come to life each morning.
Reka’s Rise & Shine Coffee Co. is the perfect place to grab a cup of joe. Dozens of online reviews rave of its delectable drinks, as well as its food.
“We will definitely be back. Probably multiple times a week. It was positively delicious, the atmosphere was incredible, and the folks who helped us out were super friendly and accommodating. Exceptional experience,” says Kari G. of Mineola.
“Great cup of coffee. Had the fancy caramel one. Also picked up some fresh honey, and sweet dill pickles from the canned goods section. All handmade from the owner’s family. My new coffee stop at 6 a.m. for sure when I’m out in the Lake Fork area,” says Chuck D. of Lewisville.
When you walk in to Reka’s, guests automatically feel welcome and right at home. The friendly barista steps up to the counter with bright eyes and a happy smile, a clear sign the drinks are made with care. Chalkboards line the walls behind the counter with hand-scribed menus for all kinds of coffee including iced, latte, frappe, chai latte, cappuccino, espresso, and much more. Guests can ask for whole or skim milk and even almond or soy for the non-dairy sippers.
The rich smell of coffee fills the room, floats outside, and draws people in to taste what’s all the rage on the courthouse square.
Reka’s Rise & Shine Coffee Co. is owned by Keeley and Bert Roan. The name comes from Keeley’s “sassy, little Italian grandmother, who could cook like a dream and believed anything was possible.”
Reka’s offers a variety of fun coffee-themed T-shirts, mugs, and containers and it sells fresh coffee beans. Reka’s will grid the coffee beans for customers upon request.
For those who like a bit of food with their coffee, Reka’s has muffins, scones, quiches, and klobasneks (similar to pigs in a blanket). The fresh scones come from Della Terra Farm, not far from Emory.
Teens and adults enjoy lingering at the coffee shop. Some bring books and magazines to read, or bring their laptops and use Reka’s free Wi-Fi while appreciating their tasty treats.
There are several places to snuggle in while sipping delicious coffee at Reka’s. Indoors are comfortable couches and chairs and one area has a cozy fireplace. Other nooks have small tables and chairs. The walls are adorned with clever coffee sayings and art, some of it by local artists. Outdoor seating includes a few benches and chairs, tables, and stools, and a great view of the downtown courthouse and square.
After a kick-start at Reka’s, a stroll around the square leads to the discovery of hidden treasures behind rustic, nostalgic facades. Big Mouth Burger Company is a local favorite for lunch and shoppers enjoy M-Pulse Outfitters, Potts Feed Store, Ivan Smith Furniture, and Thrifty Chicks to name a few.
The courthouse is a beautiful, historic centerpiece. Inside are several staircases and even a small stage. The courthouse exhibits a unique cruciform plan with projecting wings. The exterior is ginger brick and designed in the Classical Revival style. It features pilasters and pediment-capped entries, as well as a central dome.
Reka’s is open Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. The address is 419 North Texas Street. For more information call (903) 473-2015.
To learn more about Emory, go to www.emorytx.com.