Okay, so I found this place on Yelp because I wanted to try a new spot near my parents’ place. And this place is fantastic. It’s a cute little shop area when you first walk in AND THERE’S BOARD GAMES WITH A GIANT WALL OF QUOTES AND RECLAIMED WOOD TABLES. Can you tell that I’m really excited to be home?
But I love this spot already. Their lattes are strong and delicious. And the whole atmosphere/theme is that quote by Wendy Mass, “be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you do not know”. I really feel like that quote is applicable for so many different reasons, especially in today’s climate, both politically & socially.
Speaking of which, these past couple months have been hard and emotional and confusing. My mental health has taken a dive, I’ve been stressed out my brain, and I’ve been taking it out in all the wrong places & in all the wrong ways. I started therapy the other week and I’m home for a few days for a dear friend’s bridal shower. So when I stumbled across this place, it just felt like a sign, like the universe was trying to remind me that it’s going to get better, that I’m going to have to put in more work into the next year than I ever have before, and I’m absolutely terrified. But if I wasn’t, I don’t think I would be taking it seriously. So sitting in this coffee shop, even though it’s super hipster and whoo whoo and cheesy, I honestly do think I needed to come in here for some reason or another.
But this place has reinvigorated something. Yeah, this coffee shop is trying a little hard to push being kind to everyone and reminding us that people are often fighting a battle the outside world has no insight into. It’s still a really refreshing take and seems to bring back to what coffee shops are supposed to do — bring the people together to discuss, to motivate, and to change for the better. It’s a fresh perspective. Afterall, their wifi is called “bekindtoday”. I really do think we could all use that reminder most days. Especially in regards to ourselves.