As the Pandemic Endures, Texans Flock to Small Grocers

The exterior of Tiny Grocer in Austin.Austin and Taylor Burge opened Chaparral Coffee on Lockhart”;s town square five years ago, but the couple ended up serving their community more than just the best coffee in town. When the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded in 2020, they began carrying staples like bread, milk, eggs, and deli meats. As the tiny space morphed into a makeshift bodega, Taylor sent out a survey to the customers on their email list, inquiring about shopping habits and desired products.When they received more than three hundred detailed responses, they knew it was time to seek out a space to open a grocery store. The Burges opened Good Things Grocery in Martindale, ten miles west of Lockhart, in September 2020. It became one of a handful of mom-and-pop operations across…;

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