he Down Market Squad headed out early in the morning to explore and speak to the owners of Oak & Salt Quality Goods and Estate Coffee Company, Ben Annotti and Brian LaBarbera for our season 2 series, The Culture + Creative.
Oak & Salt and Estate Coffee Co. is a spice boutique retailer and craft coffee roaster on the downtown east side of San Antonio. Oak & Salt’s core is highlighting artisan and small batch food and drink provisions. Founded in 2014 by former Chef, Ben Annotti, Oak & Salt is an independently owned and committed to sourcing unique goods from creative makers around the globe. Estate Coffee Company, owned by Brian LaBarbera is a craft coffee roaster and espresso bar that also resides in the same building. Estate Coffee believes in sourcing the best coffee and ingredients for their beverages by working with family-owned importers, local businesses, as well as Oak & Salt.
The 1,200 square foot space with its fresh snow walls, its oak wood interior seating and green plants give you a sense of clear and whimsical creativity as you seat down and sip on Estate Coffee’s specialty coffee drinks. The Sundown United crew stopped by several times throughout the week before our interview with Brian and Ben to enjoy breakfast kolaches, doughnuts all sourced from local businesses around the neighborhood and experienced their epic Sunday brunch offerings.
The Crew enjoyed the vibe of collaboration and chill as Brian and Ben have made strives to connect their own collaborations to other up and coming businesses like Pinch Crawfish Kitchen, South Crown Barbers, local chefs and more. Ben and Brian’s collaboration of coffee, spices, quality goods, and transparency on the east side of San Antonio is so organic and special we had to speak to them for our first day back to produce the Culture + Creative series Season 2.
Season 2 of the Culture and Creative series by The Down Market and Sundown United is a continued effort to focus on and be a guide through the modern culture of the creative. The goal to showcase the creative wealth of collaboration, experience, and community in San Antonio, Texas and the surrounding areas of the Lone Star State.