Livingston mom opens smoothie shop to give son chance at normal life

Published: Sep. 24, 2015 at 1:50 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 24, 2015 at 2:37 AM CDT
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Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - The Bull Shack; more than just a name, but it's the strength of one young man that it signifies.

"Sammy was born a preemie and wasn't expected to make it…this is where I get nervous," said Julie Kauitsch, pronounced Couch, who opened the smoothie shop for son.

But he did make it and overcame numerous health obstacles.

"Hence the name 'Sammy the Bull'. He could kind of "bulled" through everything with all of his medical conditions," Kauitsch said.

But when it came time to find work after graduation, Sammy began to have a little trouble.

"It just seemed like there wasn't anything that really was something that would interest him," Kauitsch said.

A frustration no mother wants for her child, so in 2012…

"I gave my notice and quit my job," Kauitsch said.

Which very well may be the definition of a mother's love.

"I like smoothies. 'You do?' Yeah," said Sammy Drake, who is the inspiration behind 'The Bull Shack'.

"He liked to make smoothies in the Magic Bullet thing at home so I was like 'Let's open up a smoothie shop', just joking around and here we are," Kauitsch said.

A self-less act all to give her son the chance to live a life like you and I; a gesture Sammy appreciates.

"I like it. 'What do you like about?'Just meeting the people and talking to them," Drake said.

"Awe, Sammy my baby," Kauitsch said.

And as for another unique aspect of 'The Bull Shack', there are no TV's, just family-sized board games. Kauitsch says it's her way of getting customers to engage in old-fashioned conversation.

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