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Sour Lake coffee shop offers cozy atmosphere, sweet treats

March 18, 2019

Located the heart of downtown Sour Lake’s historical district with its charming storefronts, Roc’s Coffee Shop is serving a good cup of joe with a helping of small town warmth.

With its exposed brick walls and ductwork, the coffee shop offers a contemporary vibe while still oozing an inviting, community feel.

While owner Rachel Rocquemore knew she wanted to open a place that could serve as a high school hangout, she didn’t originally intend on it being a coffee shop.

“I was looking for something,” she said. “The guy I’m leasing from said ‘what about a coffee shop? Kids love coffee. That could be a big thing.’ It was supposed to be something little, but it turned out a bit bigger.”

After moving from Baytown, Rocquemore, who has one son, Kendrick, in middle school and another, Bowie, in high school, wanted to create a space for teenagers to hang out.

“I want there to be something for the kids to do,” she said. “I want to make sure there’s a place for people to visit and talk and communicate, and that kids have a place to go. It keeps everyone safe.”

Once Rocquemore decided on the coffee shop concept, she began learning the ins and outs of coffee-making.

“It was a learning experience,” she said. “I paid someone to come in and teach me how to do the frappés. I started really liking it — mixing the different flavors and stuff.”

“We offer black tea, iced coffee, frappés — the Roc Slide is my version of the frappé — frappuccinos, lattes, iced tea, raspberry tea, slushes (a limeade and a raspberry slush). They tell it to me; I make it. If they tell me what they want and how they want it, I will make it. Usually I get good responses. I think I put a little more love in it.”

The shop’s most popular drink is The Bowie, named after her son.

“His friends would see him with his drink, and it’s loaded with chocolate, and so they would come in and say ’I want what Bowie has, so we started calling it The Bowie,” Rocquemore said. “It has chocolate, fudge, white chocolate, dark chocolate and caramel. They always go back to the Bowie.”

Other popular drinks include the Butterfinger Roc Slide and the Nestlé Crunch Roc Slide.

Customer favorite food items include the chicken salad and the super nachos.

“The chicken salad is one of the top sellers,” Rocquemore said. “I sell a lot of that. I have to have that every day. We’ll do downhome cooking like rice and gravy and cornbread. We’ll do nachos, super nachos.

“For breakfast, there’s eggs and pan sausage, sandwiches, croissant sandwiches, chicken and waffles, little pancakes.”

The café, which opened Dec. 6, has received a lot of support from the community, Rocquemore said.

“Everyone’s been loving it,” she said. “Sour Lake is a great town. I enjoy what I’m doing.”

Rocquemore recently added a patio for outdoor seating, and, in the future, hopes to expand the menu and to start hosting events at the coffee shop.

“I’m hoping to get connected with organizations in town,” she said. “We can host small events for churches or local groups. I’m planning to offer karaoke as well. There can be an adult night and a night for the kids — just something fun to do.”