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There’s a New Coffee Shop and Dispensary in the Heights

The new Instagram-worthy coffee bar doubles as a dispensary.

By Shelby Stewart

Wild, the new coffee shop and dispensary in The Heights. 

Image: WILD Concepts

Adyson and Andrew Alvis, the cousin duo behind Grinder’s Coffee Bar in West U, have opened a new establishment, Wild. The new multidimensional lounge, located in the Heights, is a one-stop shop  — a lively coffee shop by day and an eclectic Bali-inspired bar and dispensary by night. 

As Texas legislation begins to sort out the possibility of legalizing cannabis, Houston is one of the cities leading the way.  “We wanted to create a place that immediately transforms your emotions into a laid-back and relaxing vibe, an experience that you cannot find anywhere else in Houston.” Andrew Alvis says. 

Unique it is — the bar brings a one-of-a-kind experience that you won’t find anywhere else in Texas. 

Delta-8 THC is currently legal in Texas after a Travis County judge temporarily blocked the state from classifying it as a controlled substance. Under the current law, hemp-derived Delta-8 THC with less than 0.3% THC, is legal to buy and sell, which created a window of opportunity for the Alvis family. At Wild, guests can kick back, relax, learn and enjoy the benefits of CBD and other hemp-derived products such as Delta-8, Delta-10, THCV, THC-O and HHC.  

If that’s not enough to get you in a mellow mood, the intimate space adapts to the time of day — perfect for an early morning work session or a happy hour with friends once you’re off the clock. 

The family duo, who indulge in world travel, wanted their joint coffee shop to fuse cultural experiences that both have enjoyed. The interior was particularly inspired by their trips to Mexico, Indonesia and Southeast Asia. 

The interior at Wild in The Heights. 

Image: WILD Concepts

 

You’ll instantly feel a sense of relaxation upon entering Wild; the inside is decked out with neon lights and greenery, adding to the serene ambience, plus rattan light fixtures, wood and wicker furniture in the cozy lounge area that transports you to a make-believe, five-star resort

Not to mention the vibrant list of cocktails. 

Among them is my favorite, the Pineapple Express, made with Hangar 1 Mandarin, hibiscus, pineapple, ginger and lime, served in a pineapple-shaped glass and garnished with an orange and hibiscus flower. And, yes, the use of CBD extends to the drinks too. 

Accompanying the boozy selection of cocktails is the hemp-infused elixirs like the Orange Crush, made with tangerine, lime, vanilla, mint, tonicoffering a different kind of buzz. For the budding CBD enthusiast though, or the first-timer, you have nothing to worry about. The staff is knowledgeable from the hemp to the drinks.

Food won’t be the star of the show at Wild, however — the coffee shop offers a few small light bites like tacos, pastries and sandwiches from Koffeteria that you can order along with your coffee, but that’s about it. The bud bar, however, is filled with CBD goodies, such as the THC Hemp Gummies or the moonrock pre-rolls. 

But if you’re just up for a quick morning visit, you won’t be disappointed. The owners partnered with fellow Heights-based company Tenfold to provide coffee blends from around the world; think Shakerato, matcha lattes and macchiatos. Pro tip: Wild has a latte art machine where you can choose any latte art designs and it will print directly to your coffee cup.

When you’re ready to take a walk on the wild side, stop by the Heights bar to take in all the soothing vibes — whether that’s curing ailments or an energy boost. 

Wild,  2121 N. Shepherd Drive. More information here.

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