Our Town: Coffee and beef jerky in Post

Published: Nov. 29, 2021 at 2:42 PM CST
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KJTV) - Coffee and beef jerky. Two things you don’t normally put together. But in Post, the two are connected as two unique businesses in this Garza County town. There is a reason to check them out.

Coffee Wizards. It just started as a booth at Old Mill Trade Days. Then, a coffee trailer. In June of last year, a stand-alone store. For Jeff and Dawna Hood, it’s the fulfillment of a 20-year dream.

“Really for us, it was about bringing her passion about customers and the coffee shop environment, and my passion for roasting beans- which very few coffee shops roast their own beans. We’re both a roaster and a coffee shop, and we just made a great community gathering place for people here in Post. Our friends, we call them,” said Jeff Hood, Coffee Wizards co-owner.

Now, they have also had their tough times - opening at the same time COVID hit was not easy.

“I always say that God lead us to this location and he kept us going,” said co-owner Dawna Hood. “So when COVID hit, we didn’t get discouraged. We went ahead and renovated. We kept going and opened up in the middle of June, or the first of June, and haven’t looked back.”

When Dawna gives credit to God, He’s really the partner in their business.

“We used to advertise for employees, and now we just pray. I’m serious. We just pray because He brings the right people in, and we have a good staff and it’s wonderful. But, I give all credit to Him,” Dawna said.

While Coffee Wizards is new to the Post business community, Jackson Brothers is not. The business has been in town making beef jerky since the 1960s.

“We process beef, process hogs, and we are known for our beef jerky and we sell a lot of jerky, German sausage, but we’re a custom processing plant. We’ve just been a mom-and-pop store,” said Jamie Hernandez, Jackson Brothers manager.

Jamie grew up with Jackson Brothers. His dad, David, and his cousin Jose started working there when they moved to Post in the late 1970s. They bought the business from brothers Beau and Jim Jackson in 2000.

“You know it everywhere, and people from all over the place come and just get jerky. It’s daily. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t meet a new customer, just coming by and getting jerky from us,” said Hernandez.

There were challenges during COVID, but they kept the doors open and are still going strong.

“Whenever people say the name Post, I think they also say the name beef jerky... So, that’s us!”

Coffee and jerky. Head to Post, Texas for both.

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