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Downtown Profile: Day 6 Coffee Co.
Wilson Brothers Bring New Cafe and Entrepreneurial Spirit to the Neighborhood

When it comes to coffee and the business community, Day 6 Coffee’s owners (and brothers) R.J. and Ian Wilson are dedicated to offering “a better experience,” one rich with the flavors of art and entrepreneurialism alongside divine cups of coffee and heavenly slices of cheesecake.

“It takes a village to start a business,” says R.J., a University of Houston Law School graduate.

That’s why the duo supports fellow Houstonians, highlighting the works of a dozen local artists and artisans. The artworks provide an elevated vibe for customers and are available to purchase by dual art-coffee connoisseurs.

Makers are not the only people the brothers honor at Day 6, however. The cafe began as a way to celebrate the life of a third Wilson brother, who passed away. “He always talked about opening a restaurant,” says Ian. 

Family plays such a huge role in the Wilsons’ lives, it even inspired Ian’s early cheesecake experiments. After an aunt said they were too difficult to bake, the Sam Houston State finance graduate made it a personal goal to bring cheesecakes to future family gatherings.

The results were a success: Ian sold cheesecakes on Instagram before Day 6 opened. The cafe now offers a variety of deliciously creamy options, including non-traditional flavors like Snickers.

Together, the Wilson brothers are excited to grow with Houston as it adapts to a post-pandemic world. Having faith — the cafe’s name has a biblical connection — a refreshingly positive outlook, and a delicious menu are sure to help them in that journey.

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