The fall semester has begun and there is talk of a new coffee house in downtown Belton.
Bodega Bean on 107 Water St. has been open since Memorial Day weekend and is run by two UMHB graduates.
Married couple Landon and Autumn Taylor are enjoying working together and tending to the duties of owning and running a local coffee house.
Bodega Bean is different from any other sort of coffee house in the Belton/Temple area. Customers walk in to an atmosphere of comfort and a relaxing air.
With walls painted in a unique design and furniture that caters to studying students, this coffee shop doesn’t stop with just these decorations.
Bodega Bean also books musicians and artists to perform, making another appeal to college students.
Along with these aspects, Bodega Bean also caters for events. The menu features handmade sandwiches, a breakfast menu and bake gourmet cupcakes.
Events coordinator Autumn Taylor is happy with the business from this summer but is anticipating an influx of students as classes begin.
“We are definitely expecting business to pick up once school starts. We’ve had great business so far and look forward to the fall. I think our atmosphere and hours are college friendly,” she said.
“We are the only coffee shop in Belton open from 7 a.m.to midnight every day. So we’re definitely catering toward students.”
One of the customers of the summer is nursing major Ashley Hibbard. She thinks the food and service is great and is finally happy to have an extra coffee house instead of always going to the Starbucks in Temple.
“Finally Belton has another place where students can go and study,” Hibbard said. “When Texas Java closed, it was a loss for some UMHB students. Now we have a replacement instead of driving to Temple to a Starbucks that stays open only till 11 at night.”
Bodega Bean helps students who need a late night of studying but also students who need to pass the time between class as well.
Senior education major Joanna Schildwachter lives in Killeen and commutes from home.
“Now if I have a while in between classes, I can just go to Bodega Bean and relax and study,” she said.
“In a way it saves on gas, and I don’t always have to go to the library to pass the time in between my classes.”
The new installment to downtown Belton is a money saver, too. With the majority of their drinks and snacks cheaper than other coffee shops, it helps students who go there to have a fun and relaxing time.