Day Trips

An oasis in a wasteland of convenience-store coffee pots

Day Trips
Photo by Gerald E. Mcleod

The Horse's Mouth Bookstore and Coffee Shop in Buffalo claims to be the only full-service book and coffee shop between Shreveport and Austin, and between Dallas and Houston. I can't substantiate their claim, but I can vouch for the fact that they make a good espresso drink and have an eclectic collection of new and used books.

Opened about four years ago in the old section of town, it's an oasis in a wasteland of convenience-store coffee pots. Dickie and Linda Jones purchased the business a year ago.

The couple had kinfolk who helped settle this part of Leon County, and decided to retire to the old homestead. A former human resources executive for a Houston corporation, Dickie wasn't ready to sit in a rocking chair when they arrived in the country.

When the coffee shop was in danger of closing, they decided to take it over. The Horse's Mouth is more than a business; it's a community center for the village of 1,800. The local liars club meets there to talk about the weather, and kids come in after school to use the free wi-fi.

The Horse's Mouth Bookstore and Coffee Shop is on U.S. 79, 1.4 miles east of I-45 in Buffalo. Stop in for a good cup of coffee, a snack, and friendly conversation. More details at or 903/322-2180.

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Horse's Mouth Bookstore and Coffee Shop, Buffalo, TX, Leon County

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