On The Road to Houston: A small town with an abundance of charm


You may think northern Minnesota is the ideal place for outdoor life, but the southeastern part of the state has its fair share of scenery.

The city of Houston, for example, sits in the Root River Valley with rolling bluffs in the distance, and offers plenty to do both inside and outside.

Houston is about one hour east of Rochester, however, the small town isn’t as populous as the Med City.

Roughly 1,000 people call Houston home, and it’s small town charm is unlimited.

KTTC’s Shannon Rousseau went on the road to Houston to find the not-so hidden treasures of the southeastern town.

If you’re looking for a bite to eat, Barista’s Coffee House is one of a handful of places to go.

The chipped, blue paneled business sits on North Grant St, and if you’re coming into town from the north, it’s hard to miss.

Bells ring against the door when you first walk into the shop, which is even smaller than what it looks like from the outside.

Four tables with chairs welcome guests upon arrival on the left side. On the right side, two bookshelves hold trinkets like books, movies, and town-made goodies.

The menu is written in chalk on the wall behind the cashier with enough options to satisfy any customer.

Paninis, scones, breakfast items, and drinks that look and sound like they’re straight out of Willy Wonka’s factory are just a few of Barista’s Coffee House selections.

“It’s not just about the coffee. We have the atmosphere, food, smoothies, and we have music on the weekends,” said Elizabeth June, the owner of Barista’s Coffee House for the last nine years.

Rewind to nine years ago when she had only worked at the shop for a few months before deciding to buy it herself. “I knew it could be so much more.”

Now in 2017, Barista’s has become so much more. In fact, if you ask any local, they’ll tell you Barista’s is the town’s hot spot.

“It’s so busy that it gets to be a little crazy. I can’t believe the people that gather here.”

The coffee shop also houses…

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