“We actually don’t have wi-fi.”
Ding, ding ding…. Look no further. We have a winner. Well, not yet- but eventually. When I am ready to move into creative, rather than research mode this Starbucks, less than 2 miles from my home, is where I will come.
In fact, I came out today to write a blog post about a couple of the different coffee places I have visited, and found this jewel. I mean, really! When was the last time you went to a Starbucks without wi-fi? Even when I was travelling in Europe my laptop kept wanting to log me in.
This store is about as far away from my last attempt to write at Starbucks as I could get. Last week I had errands to run at a snobby bea-u-ti-ful shopping mall near me called University Village. There they have not one, or even two, but five Starbucks (if you include their separate Teavana shop.) The biggest one is supersized it is like drinking coffee in a food court, albeit a very comfy one. The scene is- preppy university kids meets home decorators meets tech start-up entrepreneur… all with too much time on their hands. Ouch! Am I being harsh? Yes… but I can say that since I was hanging out there I must fit into one of those categories somehow. I’ll let you guess how.
Anyway, so while the coffee was my lovely standard, I don’t really see my creative juices, or even my research juices, flowing in any direction except into their cash till.
My prior attempt had led me to a different Starbucks altogether. There is just something about their brew that is very reassuring to me. So when I found myself in Southlake Union waiting to have lynch with my husband, I stopped into the main Starbucks there. Does this have anything to do with the fact that Amazon is headquartered in this area? Okay, perhaps I thought some of the publishing vibe would rub off on me in a good way. And certainly the atmosphere was waaaaay preferable to the store in University Village. Busy, but in a good way. Hip, but in a comfortable rather than trendy way. Friendly, in the way I expect the best Starbucks to be. Sadly, I had to pay parking. And anyway, that store is a bit too far away for daily visits.
So, for now I am still on the lookout for my coffee writing spot; waiting for inspiration, or my credit card bill to hit. I will, of course, let you know when I find it.
Cheers and here’s to our journeys inspired by caffeine!
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