Today we’d like to introduce you to Walter and Sina Teofilo Deckert.
Hi Walter and Sina, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today.
Our stand is considered a cousin. We saw a Bayou Billy Sweet Tea trailer many years ago at a military open house at Camp Mabry in Austin. We thought it was such a cool set up and who doesn’t like sweet tea in Texas?
My wife kept mentioning how unique the cart looked and how cool it was to have a collectible tin mug that you could refill for a dollar for the life of the mug at any event throughout the U.S. that Bayou Billy would be at.
Over the years my wife kept talking and talking about it. Well, fast forward to 2021 we were Blessed with our daughter Kailia, after 17 years of being together and she said, I don’t want to keep working for someone the rest of my life, I want us to work for ourselves.
So, after months and months of researching, reading, speaking with other small business owners, calling Bayou Billy, praying, and talking to my wife’s dad, Mr. T, we then decided to take a leap of faith and buy the trailer.
We ended up traveling all the way to the mountains of North Carolina where we met the creator and founder Bayou Billy himself! We talked, had lunch, and began our track back home to Texas.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road but going into business isn’t supposed to be; in my humble opinion. Owning a mobile beverage trailer has had its many ups and downs. We’ve had to rewire electrical systems, replace plumbing, rivet sheet metal, and many other small intricate parts of the overall system.
There have been many frustrating moments but we’ve learned so much at the same time. We’ve learned owning a business is not for the faint of heart but we’re in it for the long haul. We’re excited to keep learning and overcoming the challenges!
Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Bayou Billy Sweet Tea (Tea Break)?
Our mobile beverage trailer is considered a Cousin from Bayou Billy, whom we bought our trailer from. We specialize in collectible tin mugs that are made in the USA.
What I’m most proud of is that our business is run by myself, my wife, and my father-in-law who is a retired Veteran. We operate as a family and give back to our community. It’s just a plus that we offer awesome collectible tin mugs and awesome fresh brewed sweet tea.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
We’ve had an amazing mentor, Leslie Flage whose been with Billy for 15 years plus. She’s been instrumental in answering questions and walking us through various stages of beginning our business. The Bayou Billy family is like no other. Their word is their bond! We couldn’t have asked for a better mentor!
Also, our dad aka Mr. T has been our biggest supporter and cheerleader. He’s done everything with us from making the 30-hour trip to North Carolina with our toddler to getting down and dirty with working on the trailer. He’s been an amazing support system and without him, we could not have done it. We owe him a debt of gratitude. We love you Dad!
We also want to thank my brother-in-law, Robert Newman aka Sina’s big brother because he’s been with us overhauling our trailer and putting in the time to get us up and running. He’s been a tremendous support!
- $12 per mug
- $1 refills for the life of the mug
- Website: Bayoubilly.com
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