Sunshine House Coffee opened its doors on January 29, 2020, but soon had to close them due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. After a month of closure and social distancing, Sunshine House Coffee opened their drive-thru where they continue to operate. The challenges of opening and operating a new business are many, but the challenges of opening and operating a new business amidst a pandemic are innumerable.
However, no stranger to adverse circumstances, the idea of Sunshine House was born from a personal tragedy. Audrey McCleary and husband Kevin lost both of their children in a car accident in 2017.
Shortly after this tragedy, two ambitious, Godfearing women’s hearts connected at a local Bible study. The two aspiring women had their own separate passions and worked to support each other in those desires; however, soon those passions collided. It was not by coincidence in their eyes. Audrey McCleary stated, “We really feel like the Lord has been working in every aspect of this from the beginning.”
Audrey McCleary and Kelli Hindes founded Sunshine House Coffee & RISE to Health and Wellness in June of 2019 as a 50-50 partnership. They spent the next six months planning and renovating before opening their doors. This business was designed to build community, spread kindness, support other local businesses and most importantly stand as a tribute to honor the McCleary children.
Though both women had a passion to spread kindness, love and community, the coffee shop was McCleary’s dream. It was born out of a desire to use a personal tragedy to honor her fallen children and allow their legacy of love to touch the heart of each person who walks in the coffee shop doors.
McCleary is a registered nurse but attended coffee school to learn about the trade. She created the coffee, tea and much of the food menu using her own recipes. With Hindes creations of healthy items such as superfood lattes and smoothie bowls, they have a menu packed with caffeinated and non-caffeinated specialty coffees, teas, tasty treats, wellness bowls and more.
Hindes’ passion was a bit different. She stated, “I have a deep passion for health and wellness. It’s my personal goal to educate everyone in the community on how to discover true health and wellness in their life. I feel like, on some level, everyone has a desire for this, just don’t know quite how to get there!”
RISE to Health and Wellness was not just born out of Hindes’ personal interest and skill set, but out of experience. She highlighted, “I am so thankful for my testimony because now I get to use all that turmoil that I went through to help other people.”
Hindes is an Institute of Integrative Nutrition Certified Health Coach, a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and is currently working on her certification in Applied Functional Medicine. In addition, Hindes has put together a team of local health and wellness professionals including Holistic Nutritionist Abby Pawelek, Physical Therapist Debra Swaim and Yoga Instructor Kim Dorroh.
RISE to Health and Wellness focuses on Functional Medicine. Hindes stated, “Functional medicine is root-cause medicine, so instead of us just focusing on the symptoms and how to alleviate them, we actually use them as clues to begin to put together the puzzle pieces in order to discover what the underlying issue may be. Once we find the root cause, this gives us the power to find solutions at the very foundation of the issue.” She elaborated to say that this is why they really want to sit down and talk to their clients about every area of their life and see how your diet, spiritual wellness, mental and physical wellness and more all tie together.
RISE to Health and Wellness begin servicing their clients with an initial consultation where clients discuss their health history and the history of all other factors that play into their overall wellness. Each client will have two, 50-minute sessions per month. RISE to Health and Wellness requires a minimum of a three-month commitment, because without that amount of time they cannot ensure any sustainable change.
“I feel like after three months with our support, education, accountability and encouragement our clients will have created new healthy habits that will help guide them to a place of true health and wellness that will last a lifetime.” explained Hindes
Both local businesses work together to use their resources and platform to support community and promote other small businesses in a variety of ways. For instance, Sunshine House Coffee has hosted a local business pop-up shop and George Farms Farmer’s Market in their beautiful outdoor space. They created Valentine’s Day gift baskets with Joe’s Place gift cards, The Olive Branch flowers, Lesley’s Flowers and My Falsies massages and facials.
McClearly said, “Our goal is to be different from everyone else. We think that there is enough business in this town for every local business. We want to provide something that no one else is providing and to help support every other small business.”
In fact, Sunshine House Coffee is local from the ground up. The building renovations were performed by local contractors. The interior of the building celebrates their local roots with pictures of Atascosa County from a local photographer, tables made by a local carpenter, wall art from a local artist, a pew from the historic Methodist Church in Charlotte and more. They use and sell locally produced Rakowitz honey, buy their coffee beans from a roaster in San Antonio and try to purchase their retail merchandise from local or Texas-based vendors.
These two businesses have been a major asset to the community in the few short months they have been around. If you are interested in continuing their support of community, Sunshine House has “LOCAL” hats for sale and plans to give 50% of the profits to a local food bank. You can also purchase one of their “Kindness is Essential” T-shirts to assist in their efforts of showing what they believe to be truly important during this pandemic, spreading kindness and love in the community.
Hindes stated, “The Lord is lining things up for us so much that it renews our faith every single time it happens … we celebrate it every single time because we are like, ‘Okay, Lord, you’re doing something here.’ We are going to change lives here whether it be through a cup of coffee or helping someone do yoga. That’s really our ultimate goal.”
If you are interested in the services of these businesses, visit their combined location at 1752 SH-97 Jourdanton, Texas 78026. For more information or inquiries about RISE to Health and Wellness, you can make appointments to meet with Hindes and her team through their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Risetohealthandwellness/ or visit their website at risetohealthandwellness.com/. For more information on products at Sunshine House Coffee follow them on Facebook at https:// www.facebook.com/SunshineHouseCoffee/ or visit their website at https:// sunshinehousecoffee.com/. Their drive-thru is currently open Monday-Friday 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.