Yep, it's a cliche for a reason: coffeehouses are great places for art. And I mean all sorts of art, not merely arts of the wordy written variety.
The idea for this post came to me while I was listening to banjo music being performed in a coffeehouse. My eyes floated over the performer, and not only because he was easy on the eyes, and then proceeded to check out the building: the funky architectural details, the exposed ductwork, the brick of the walls. Paintings by local artists hung on one wall.
Then there were the people: women with grey hair and young men in ratty t-shirts. A family all working on their iPads, together but separate. Baristas bantering with customers.
In short, there was TONS to see, hear, and smell!
Why go to a coffee house? Well, it's inspiration. Set a scene there. Write a poem about your chai latte. Learn something new--like that banjo music can be melancholy. Meet some new people to add to your artist-network.
My favorite coffee houses are Ghostlight and Eclipse in Dayton OH, Firestorm in Asheville NC, and Jittery Joe's (inside Ex Libris) in Savannah GA. Each is differently amazing, from the worker-owned activism of Firestorm to the sleek design of Jittery Joe's. All inspiring.
So what are you waiting for? Go get yourself a cuppa joe!