Pals and co-owners (from left) Chris Blumentritt, Debbie Mylius and Phil Harding share an area in South Austin for Outdated Faculty Liquor & Market and Cannon Espresso. (Images by Nicholas Cicale/Neighborhood Impression Newspaper)
In November 2019, three pals opened two neighboring companies on the nook of Menchaca Street and William Cannon Drive, situated inside a renovated laundromat that the group cut up into two suites.Debbie Mylius and Phil Harding launched Outdated Faculty Liquor & Market. Mylius stated the store touts an eclectic assortment of native liquor, wine, beer and meals. Subsequent door, Chris Blumentritt, Mylius’ boyfriend, opened his first small enterprise, Cannon Espresso, a comfy cafe with a neighborhood really feel.Though the coronavirus pandemic emerged solely 5 months into operation, Mylius stated each shops have been capable of join with the native consumers whereas selling different neighborhood small companies.
Mylius and Harding partnered to open Proof Liquor & Deli in Buda greater than 5 years in the past. After shifting to South Austin, Mylius approached Harding in 2019 about teaming up once more for Outdated Faculty Liquor.“Debbie was a rock in our last business, and knowing how successful she’s been with Proof, joining was a no-brainer for me,” Harding stated. “And, I like beer.” Whereas Harding is named the corporate’s vp and beer fanatic, Mylius curates the liquor and wine assortment, which incorporates merchandise from Austin and Hill Nation distilleries and wineries.“I try to not stock a lot of the stuff that people get in grocery stores,” she stated. “We’re a small business, so I like to support other small businesses and vineyards as well.”Whereas the native provide of booze, beers and wines makes their stock catch the attention, Mylius stated Outdated Faculty’s meals additionally helps it stand out in comparison with different liquor shops within the space. The store has a fridge stuffed with contemporary, regionally made dips, salsas, cheeses and meats to pair with its drinks. Small snacks together with sandwiches, salads, sides and empanadas, are additionally accessible.This 12 months, Mylius launched her personal dessert model and sells it on the retailer’s counter to prospects with a candy tooth.Harding stated the shop’s measurement, heat colours and pure gentle additionally make it extra inviting than a standard nook retailer and extra private than a liquor warehouse.Though anxious when the pandemic first hit, Mylius stated having the ability to ship orders to properties throughout South Austin helped get the Outdated Faculty identify out into the neighborhood, and lots of have returned to the shop time and time once more.
With a day job within the expertise trade, Blumentritt stated he spends a number of time working from native espresso retailers. When the previous laundromat house grew to become accessible for Mylius’ enterprise, the additional house inside allowed his dream of in the future proudly owning a restaurant to develop into a actuality.“It’s what I wanted,” he stated. “It’s not anything too extravagant, but it’s a nice place for people to go.”Cannon Espresso presents espresso classics and cold and hot brew coffees with quite a lot of roasts accessible for every. The store additionally presents beans from native roasters, that includes Better Items Espresso Co., Cuvee Espresso, Wild Reward Espresso and Texas Espresso Merchants.“We’re offering higher-end coffees from local rosters and specialty coffee drinks,” Blumentritt stated. “The idea was to feature local coffees and then rotating through those roasters so people have a choice and can explore.”Native pastries and snacks are additionally supplied. Vegan baked items are supplied by Mr. Pure, whereas Misty Morning Bakery provides gluten-free choices, Blumentritt stated. Tacodeli breakfast tacos are on the menu on weekends.Cannon Espresso is at present takeout solely, however prospects have returned over the summer season.“We have seen the volume picking up,” he stated. “It has been a slow build and we’re seeing people from the neighborhood coming in and discovering us.”