Coffee and Skating Meet at Push and Pour in Garden City 

Push and Pour is poised to become a popular local hub

click to enlarge Push and Pour, in a former autobody shop, offers a different kind of fix.  - LEX NELSON
  • Lex Nelson
  • Push and Pour, in a former autobody shop, offers a different kind of fix.

For Lucas Erlebach, the 25-year-old owner of the new coffee shop Push and Pour in Garden City, building his business meant providing a space for skateboarders and showcasing local artists and musicians—all while serving up what he calls “the best coffee in the world,” sourced by Maps Coffee, a craft roaster in Hailey, Idaho.

click to enlarge Push and Pour has an industrial aesthetic spruced up with vintage touches.  - PUSH & POUR
  • Push & Pour
  • Push and Pour has an industrial aesthetic spruced up with vintage touches.

"I love skating, and skating is my passion, but I [didn't] want to open a skate shop because Prestige [Skateboards] is down there and they’re the best people to do that,” said Erlebach, a native of Star, who left professional skateboarding  in San Francisco to open Push and Pour. “I’ve always loved coffee, and I really enjoy everything about coffee from the atmosphere to the people to just making coffee every day ... and I feel like this was really needed in this area.”


click to enlarge Lucas Erlebach makes a pour over in his Garden City coffee shop. - LEX NELSON
  • Lex Nelson
  • Lucas Erlebach makes a pour over in his Garden City coffee shop.





Located on 34th Street just a few blocks off Chinden Boulevard, the facade of Push and Pour looks like the autobody shop once housed there. Inside, the aesthetic is industrial and spare, but its personality and purpose come through in the ‘70s-era skateboards mounted to the walls, the glass-paned garage door that lets in a deluge of natural light and the cherry-red vintage coffee grinder. With his shoulder-length hair, black knit cap and laid-back demeanor, Erlebach himself fits right in, and he’s excited to be at the forefront of what he refers to as “The Garden City Movement.


“It’s crazy how much stuff is going on down here that not a lot of people know of yet, and I think it’s going to explode in the next year,” Erlebach said, “Out here there are so many workers, doers, artists and musicians from the VAC to The Garden City Projects to Surel’s Place to The Yardarm, there’s just so much cool stuff going on ... I feel like in the next couple years, it's just going to grow more and more and more, and it’s going to be really rad. I’m glad that we got to come out here at this point, to hopefully help and steer it into that kind of community before it just becomes a bunch of townhomes.”

click to enlarge An espresso basket and tamper handle made from Erlebach's recycled skateboards.  - LEX NELSON
  • Lex Nelson
  • An espresso basket and tamper handle made from Erlebach's recycled skateboards.

Though the shop had its soft opening

Dec. 1,  Push and Pour has already hosted screenings of two local films, one of which attracted more than 150 people into the small space; and local art is on display in the form of espresso basket and tamper handles made

from fused layers of Erlebach’s old skateboards


by Transmigration Woodworking in Eagle.

In January, Erlebach hopes to be roasting on site—a mammoth white coffee roaster waits in a corner—and later in 2018, Push and Pour will host events, including live music, small art shows, film screenings, coffee roasting classes and more—along with making great coffee.


“We’re just going to try to kind of be a hub for creatives, doers [and] makers,” Erlebach said.



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