Views of the Neighborhood – New Years Eve

This week our Coffee Waves shop had its grand re-opening after Hurricane Harvey. Although I wouldn’t usually feature such an event on Views, I thought it significant as one more piece of evidence of a return to normal here in Port Aransas.

I published this trailer picture earlier this fall when Coffee Waves was open for business but not in their building.

Coffee Waves

Here is the finished building.

Inside the people are lining up.

This is another shot of the interior. I have a close up of the message later.

For the opening, a band is set up.

Festive balloons.

This is the business end.

Here are some of the 120 rotating Gelato flavors.

This is the Gelato menu explaining the difference when compared to ice cream.

A sign telling the world about Port A Strong.

Another sign for out of towners who are in a hurry.

A beautiful place to have a cup and relax.

I will share my post on Instagram and Facebook (as ordered)

This is a close-up of the words on the wall. Pretty much a favorable view of those things that happen to us all. I know in your town, the opening of a coffee shop would not garner a lot of attention. Here, it is news since it is one more step to returning to the life we all love so well. Thanks for joining me.


  1. Ah! Amazing place, dear John! I wish I were there! And what a rich range of ice-cream! mmmm…..

    1. Yes. They have 120 flavors they can make.

      1. Mon Dieu! Incredicle! True Paradise!

  2. It is always fabulous to see things recovering and getting back to normal after a disaster, John.

    1. Thank you, Robbie. We were so excited when they announced they were coming back.

  3. All the best John!!

  4. That is a spot I would love to visit regularly to stop for a cuppa (tea) and a read!

    1. They have a drink called Chi Train. Has to be 1000 calories but oh my. Happy New Year, Pam.

  5. Gosh, so much more than a coffee shop, isn’t it, John? I’m so happy it’s reopened, just in time for the new year. Happy New Year!

    1. Yes. Thanks, Jill. We do love our coffee.

  6. I think it’s wonderful that you have this to share on the last day of the year, John. What a powerful message of hope and a great example of the spirit of Port A!

    I wish I was there to sample a gelato while resting in one of the cozy chairs.

    All the best to you and yours in 2018!

    1. Thank you, Dan. Happy New Year and a wish for a healthy and safe 2018.

  7. Gwen Plano · ·

    Wow, what a transformation! It is beautiful and definitely a spot I’d frequent. Happy New Year to you and yours, John. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Gwen. Happy New Year to you and the crew.

  8. A great post, John! Happy New Year from Cancun, Mexico where we’ll be ringing in the new year! Loving the warmth here after the polar vortex that has Canada in its icy grip.

    1. Whoa! The vortex is heading our way. Thank you Dominion. All the best to you and Anne. Happy New Year. Wear sunscreen, you two are lambs in the fire. 😀

      1. Our daughter brought us along as their Christmas gift to us. We had 5 days notice. Feeling blessed. I love the sun while sitting n the shade! I’m no sun worshipper!

      2. I hope you have a melting drink in your hand.

      3. Yes, the Apple martinis are hitting the spot nicely. No Molson down here 😢

  9. The sign at the end says it all. Wonderful!

    1. Thank you, Jennie.

      1. You’re welcome, John.

  10. Great set and looks like a relaxing place. Have any gelato?

    1. Ha ha ha. Not sure they do.

  11. Your neighborhood posts have made me want to visit your beautiful part of the world. Maybe someday…

    1. You would be most welcome, Lynne. I think you would like the place. 😀 Happy New Year.

  12. John, this is a marvelous, uplifting post, perfect for New Year’s Eve. I think the coffee shop is well worth sharing — great looking place. Now for some strange reason I’m jonesing for another cup of coffee… The question is, can I pry myself out from under my electric throw blanket to get it? Hugs!

    1. Ha ha ha. This is one of the times when a personal assistant would be handy. Hugs.

      1. Ha! I could be “Cat Grant” on Supergirl. No second coffee yet, but I’ve gotten motivated enough to try and figure out what kind of home made soup I can pull together. I’ve been too dependent on Stouffers lately, so I need to replenish the non-frozen pantry… o_O

      2. I favor prosciutto/provolone stuffed tortellini in chicken broth with onions and carrots. That’s just me though. (you buy the pasta in the chilled section, use low sodium chicken broth and real carrot and onion.) 😀

  13. I got some of my best coffees there. Need to come back.
    All my best wishes for Port A and its inhabitants for 2018,

    1. The place is very much improved. Harvey can take credit for the renovation.

  14. Thus proving that coffee ritualists keep on keeping on through any storm. Loved the interim gig.
    Could live in that sweet mini haven esp if coffee was on tap.
    To a new year filled with joy,peace and blue skies

    1. All the best to you, Geri. Happy New Year.

  15. How marvelous the town is springing back to life so soon. Happy New Year to you and yours, John! 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Thank you, Suzanne. Happy New Year to you as well.

  16. Reblogged this on Musings on Life & Experience and commented:
    John Howell took pictures of another new building in Port Aransas.

    1. Thank you, Suzanne. Happy New Year.

      1. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018, to you and yours, John!! 🎇🎆😀— Suzanne

  17. Thank you for sharing such an uplifting message on New Year’s Eve, John. The message says it all. Happy New Year! May 2018 bring peace and happiness!

    1. Thank you for reading and the great year, Jan. Happy New Year and the wish for more of same in 2018

  18. A beautiful place! Congratulations to Coffee Waves! So glad to see this. When we had no power for four days, all I wanted was a hot cup of coffee. Thanks for sharing your coffee shop on this cold morning – it opened just it time. May 2018 bring good things to you and Port A!

    1. Thank you, Jo. Happy New Year to you and yours.

  19. Although slow but sure, cheers to progress and the return to normalcy. Meanwhile, gotta love eating gelato out of the bowl with those big spoons.

    1. Yeah, that is one serving. Bowl and all.

  20. I just love these recovery stories and images.

    1. Thanks, Craig. We have a ton of them here. They just don’t come around fast is all.

  21. A wonderful reopening for everyone in Port Aransas, after all, a trip to the coffee shop makes everything else A-OK. Happy New Year!

    1. So true, Michelle. Thanks. Happy New Year to you.

  22. What a neat place! John, things are slowly getting back to a new normal, aren’t they, and all of us are thrilled to hear it. Yes, even the reopening of a coffee shop can spell progress. Happy New Year to you and yours!

    1. Thank you, Debbie. Happy New Year and blessing for 2018

  23. Happy New Year, John! I’m glad you posted this. It’s a prudent reminder that so many of the things we take for granted, such as our daily coffee shop run, can be gone in an instant.

    1. So true, Phillip. Happy New Year. I look forward to 2018 and more of your success.

  24. I’m late in commenting, but that was a wonderful tour. It’s good to see life returning to normal, and I loved the message on the wall. Happy New Year, John!

    1. Thank you, Mae. Happy New Year

  25. I really love where you live–so pretty and clean. I lived in San Antonio until I was 5 years old. Still remember the wide streets, trolley cars and the Alamo. Too hot for me though 🙂

  26. I’d certainly be in the queue for some of that ice-cream, John. Great to see the coffee shop back in business. Do they serve tea for us non-coffee drinkers?

    1. They have a killer tea selection. There is an item called Chai Train. So good (Tea, caramel and don’t ask.)

      1. Killer tea? I love it, John. A great subject for a story. I often ‘dunk’ chocolate biscuits into my tea.It helps with not adding sugar to the tea.

      2. Well I understand this cuppa is pretty heavy with sugar,

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