A New Look for Island Joes
● By Kylie Cooper
Driving onto North Padre Island, passersby are hard-pressed to miss the towering stack of brightly colored shipping containers along the highway. This Lego-like construction is the new location for coffee shop, Island Joes Coffee and Gallery, owned by Bryan and Brenda Tumlinson. It is the result of collaboration between Bryan and his son, Andrew. Together, they built the new site, which extends up two floors and incorporates a total of ten shipping containers, almost entirely by themselves.
Island Joes has been a local favorite since their opening in 2014 and has been unique from the start. When opening the shop, Bryan said he had to consider the reality of coffee shops in South Texas. “We sell more cold drinks than hot drinks. Our summer time is our big time, versus coffee selling more in most markets is the wintertime.” To cater to that cold drink necessity, Bryan invented the recipe for their now well-known Mexican Vanilla Cold Brew coffee.
The unique properties of the shop continue as these shipping containers come together to create an eclectic space which will boast an impressive set of two separate coffee bars. The main bar, which will be built with wood from the destruction of Hurricane Harvey, will have the espresso machines and options, while a side bar will have cold brews and slow pours. The indoor space will have a conglomeration of textures and feels in keeping with the colorful standard they have set on the outside. Bryan explains, “It will have an industrial, island, eclectic kind of vibe.” The upstairs will be comprised of micro-offices, which can be rented out by local businesses, as well as outdoor seating.
Bryan also plans on making the new Joes a hub for arts and culture in the Coastal Bend. Currently, Island Joes serves as a gallery for Bryan’s commercial photography. At the new location, Bryan hopes to bring in artists from all over the state to come and perform their original music for Island Joes’ guests. On the 1800 square foot patio, along with a host of games for guests to play, the new Island Joes will have a movie screen for screening independent films as well.
The Tumlinsons have big plans for the future of Island Joes. While this Padre Island location will be the flagship store for Island Joes Coffee and Gallery, Bryan hopes to eventually expand into other areas of the Coastal Bend. The new location is set to have a soft opening in September and a Grand Opening Celebration in October!