Friday, September 11, 2009

Because of Lance

Coffee Shop Manifesto

I have been to many coffee shops. I have seen what they can be, and what they can become.

I have realized that with love, dedication, and time a coffee shop can be a community center. A coffee shop can be that place where "everybody knows your name." A coffee shop can be a forum for life in all of its shades and forms. Sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell, and soul.

This is what I am in love with.

I have decided that this is my calling.

My coffee shop will:
1. be welcoming
2. encourage hugs
3. have good coffee
4. have two copies of the newspaper
5. offer a student discount
6. have movie nights
7. offer a free cup of coffee and a pastry to anyone willing to play an instrument
8. have an extensive library of books
9. have a "give one; take one" book exchange system
10. have poetry slams
11. have community potlucks in the park during the summer
12. have all night "studythons" during finals week
13. have a "work for your coffee option"
14. maintain environmentally friendly behaviors
15. have a great sound system
16. have a "I bought a cup for you board"
17. have regular employee appreciation dinners
18. encourage impromptu dancing/singing
19. encourage openness, respect, and conversation
20. have a customer of the month award
21. have a bucket of dog treats on site for any dog out on a walk


  1. I would totally live at that coffee shop!!! Except I'm not much of a coffee fan, but Italian Sodas? I'm down! Sounds amazing...

  2. Yes! There will be italian sodas in every imaginable flavor, but only for you Anisa. You'll walk in and give me a sly nod and mouth "raspberry." I'll give you a sly nod and slip in back to make it. If anyone else starts to ask for one I'll cut in and say "Sorry... we're sold out." :)

  3. Haha! Excellent! But I'm willing to share the wealth, happy Italian Sodas for everyone! unless you really are almost out, then save the last bit for me ;0)

  4. Well, I miss that place Sugarhouse Coffee. Hey we even offered drink. No movie night, but live music and poetry. I think that it would have lasted longer without corporate takeovers and maybe the fact that strangers could like each other a little more. Bob Evans, the Greatest Boss Ever.

  5. I think I would go there every single day.

  6. I love this coffee place. I would love it so much more if it actually existed. Make it happen Scotty. If anybody could do it, it'd be you. Consider me your first customer, fan and even employee :)

    -Nahzaneen Aghdassi