No one knows Joshua Tree better than it’s locals. This community has created so many unique shops, cafes, and ranches throughout the town that it’s impossible to see it all in just one day. One business, right by the event, has always caught our eye as it’s a gas stationesque store with tons of local goods on display. We have always wondered who bought this old garage and put so much love into it so we reached out to meet the owners. Give the below a read and make sure to stop by The Station Joshua Tree for $1 drip coffees to all “Babes Ride Out” attendees on Sat am and a designated BABES ONLY parking for your motos <3!
Steve is from San Diego and I’m from Wisconsin, but lived in Silverlake/LA for 15 years before moving out to Joshua Tree full time in 2011 when we purchased The Station. My husband Steve and I have been together for 22 years and we built The Station Joshua Tree to help us one day ditch our work in LA and retire out in JT. We have a set design/ prop studio but own & operate The Station Joshua Tree full time.
What brought you to Joshua Tree:
Our life in LA was becoming a bit routine and we needed a focus outside the city… Steve had made a pact with a childhood best friend to one day have homes in JT, his friend John had a place here already so we stepped up and found ours in 2004.
What is your favorite part about living in the desert: The landscape of course, but having the space to really meet inspiring people and form valuable friendships.
Tell us about your business: We split our time between our studio work and developing The Station. We want The Station to be a reflection of what we love and work hard to keep it curated to have a 70’s clubhouse maybe even head shop feel. We have custom JT souvenirs, gifts, records, unique vintage & potted cactus as well as great drip coffee, cold drinks & snacks.
Tell us about any moments of clarity while operation your own business. This can include triumphs and struggles and how you cope/learn / celebrate them: We have loved The Station for years before it was for sale… because it was a gas station at one time back in the day a bank would not help us, even though we had all the paperwork that cleared the site, so we had to basically put all our savings on the line to buy it. It took months of hard work to get the building and property to the point where we could start to see to the real potential. We let the direction happen naturally not forcing or rushing and doing the work as we could afford it. The Station has turned out to be our greatest accomplishment yet!
What do you have planned for the future: Right now we are focusing on making The Station more of a welcoming space to spend time at to enjoy coffee, drinks and snacks on the patio surrounded by potted cactus & succulent and even a newsstand to pull curated vintage and current publications to incorporate auto, art, food, design & California culture.
Tell us a fun fact about Joshua Tree that most people wouldn’t know.* You can get great Indian food at Sam’s Pizza
Any recommendations of point of interest (shops, restaurants, geological sites, anything outstanding) you’d recommend to ladies traveling to Babes Ride Out 6? We highly recommend a drive through the park - Hidden Valley hike and Keys View overlook are the spots we take our friends too.
Website & Social Handles:
IG & FB: @thestationjoshuatree