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Kingslee Allen

Age: 38

Business: The Pour House, Sway Café 

Job title: Owner/Proprietor  


Why are you working in this industry? I enjoy the community engagement and developing new spaces for people to come together while being able to contribute to the revitalization and growth of Abilene’s downtown district.

What are three daily habits that have helped you to become successful?  

Always saying yes to learning something new. Treating my partners and employees with respect and appreciation and always willing to do the same work I ask of them. Coffee.


What changes have you seen in Abilene during your career? What changes would you like to see?

The growth of downtown. When I opened The Kings Barbers in 2017 the Soda district was barely a dream.

What do you want to be doing in 10 years?

Hopefully enjoying the success of Sway and The Pour House while moving on to another fun business venture. Can’t ever stay still too long.

What was your first summer job?

Selling video games at GameStop. I was a total gamer nerd.


Where will we find you enjoying your hard-earned time off? 

Not totally sure I know what time off is, but when I’m able to enjoy some I’m usually running around Charleston with my best friends being a foodie.


If you were to give one piece of advice to someone starting out in your field what would it be? 

Don’t be afraid to be scared going into a new venture. Even if you are 100 percent sure this is the path you should take, fear is what drives us and keeps us from being complacent and striving for success.

Community Involvement:

  • Abilene Chamber of Commerce – Member

  • Abilene Young Professionals - Member


Your family: Bruce & Cynthia Reinhardt - Parents

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