Imagine visiting Waco for just a few days and knowing immediately that’s where you wanted to start your business. That is exactly how it was for Andres Zaloumis. After spending only a few days in Waco, Andres headed back to Houston with the intention of convincing his wife, Bianca, to move with him to Waco to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. A month later they were in Waco working towards their dreams. Out of that excitement and passion, Third Space Theory, otherwise known as THRST was born. It grew from idea to concept to full-fledged shop in the span of five years.
THRST is located at 1500 Colcord. It is more than a place to get a cup of coffee. It is filled with experiences. From the color of the walls to the photographs, it is a whole vibe. A vibe that reminds you of your living room-if your living room had all your favorite people and favorite drinks. One of Andres’ and Bianca’s favorite parts about their business is that they can do it together as a family. The space conveys an atmosphere of home and belonging. It is a space where families can come and be together. It is a space where everyone is welcomed to do life and be fulfilled. It is a space that is inclusive of all. Yes, the coffee is good, but the feeling that you gain from the experience is exceptional. The ambience, music and the way you are greeted reminds you to slow down and take your time, stay awhile.
Thrst first got its start as a coffee cart that operated out of Cultivate 7Twelve and the Waco Downtown Farmers Market on weekends. Andres and Bianca, however, did not stop at making artisan coffee, they also delved much deeper into the coffee making process by learning to roast their own beans. Each cup is handcrafted from roast to cup. This innovation and forethought allowed Andres and Bianca to pivot and keep their business alive during the pandemic, which wasn’t friendly to slow service.
It isn’t just about the products for Andres and Bianca, but creating a space that represents who they want to be as people. Their business is intentionally not set up for the one time tourist (even though they are very much welcomed) but as an investment in the community. They invite those who want to grow with them and become a part of the third space to get comfortable and to stay awhile. They are excited that people do see their investment in the Waco community and come by and check in. It is exciting to see community members make connections and make THRST a part of their day. It has truly become a third space in the community.