The Sugar Creek Baptist Church in Sugar Land is opening a new Starbucks with a unique twist.
The coffee shop, part of the church’s new Family Center, will be located inside — next to the worship area and adjacent to a large, two-story play center. Patrons can sip lattes and surf the web with free Wi-Fi while their children shoot down slides and tumble through the padded obstacle course. A bookstore will provide Christian reading materials, gifts, apparel, movies and music.
With a grand opening scheduled for Sept. 7, this may be Fort Bend County’s first not-for-profit Starbucks. I guess when the Lord sees fit to close one Starbucks another is opened.
Bobby Chandler, director of communications, said the idea for the center came in 2006 when the church saw it would need to expand the child center.
“We wanted a family center not just for children but for adults and gatherings as well,” he said.
So they installed the play area in a 113,000-square-foot addition to the original building. They made space available for weddings or performances and purchased a contract with Starbucks that allows them to use the company’s equipment, products and recipes. The church wanted to give moms an alternative to McDonald’s to take the kids to on those hot and humid days when outdoor playgrounds aren’t an option, Chandler said.
“We’re encouraging the community to come and use this. This isn’t something we built just for us. This is something we wanted to share with the community,” he added.
All profits from the Starbucks and the bookstore are put back into the church, its ministries and the Family Center, he said.
While attending the church service isn’t a prerequisite to using the facility, or buying a latte, I’m sure they wouldn’t mind if you showed up. You can get more information about the church and its pastor, Mark Hartman.