The Friendly Alternative


As I sit here in Starbucks, I think of how long I’ve dreamed of opening up my own coffee shop. Instead of people sitting across from their laptops, I would want it to be a friendly little place where people smile and say hello and engage in boring conversations about absolutely nothing. The important point here though, is I want people to interact and notice one another. I want it to be a place you can walk in and everyone will treat each other as a friend. There are plenty of places around town that serve mainly as a study or work station, but I would want my little shop to be A Friendly Little Alternative. Maybe that is what I’d call it. I would play the music low so that the sound of people’s voices would drown out the usually terrible music blaring from the speakers. Even as I type, the music in here is killing me. I feel like I am at a broadway musical where they keep singing the same tune over and over with different words. It’s hard to concentrate. I want my place to be a little coffee cubby where someone could relax the day away. With seats so comfortable they are like a gigantic hug. But then I hear the saxophone now blaring out of the speaker and it is a reminder of where I am and how desperately this town really could use A Friendly Little Alternative. What is your experience with coffee shops and what would you like to see different? I’d love to hear about it.


28 thoughts on “The Friendly Alternative

  1. I like the small family run Coffee shop , home baking good music,books and friendly staff and atmosphere. Would love one as part my small gym that I hope to have so clients and others can relax the hours away πŸ˜‰
    Once you get yours up and running white coffee 2 sugars for me please πŸ˜‰


  2. You’re right, people are more interested in engaging in electronic conversation via texting, social media outlets, than they are in person. It’s so irritating when a close friend and I are out for dinner or coffee and I feel as though they are more interested in their phone than me. Can we ban electronics from certain social atmospheres? Haha, that would be ideal for me. Great post.


    • That sounds like a great plan. I admit, sometimes I am guilty myself. I am thinking of challenging myself to shut off my phone and ipad when my family’s home but I sweat even thinking about it. Seriously, it is so out of control and I feel invisible most of the time 😦 what a sad little world in which we live. I wrote a post a year ago If I Were A Cellphone. How different I would feel about myself and attention then πŸ˜‰


  3. As Dutchman I do not associate coffeshops with the black stuff but with the green stuff πŸ˜‰ But yeah, your alternative sounds like a place I would visit and enjoy being there, chattig with people and such. I hope you get your shop one day πŸ˜€

    clicked follow btw πŸ˜‰


    • Thanks! I hope to make that dream a reality as well! Thanks for the comment and the follow. The funny thing…I don’t even like the black or the green stuff. There just something about those shops that grab me πŸ˜‰


  4. OH MY GOD WE ARE SO MUCH ALIKE! A few years ago, my husband and I started looking about investing in a coffee shop of my dreams. It was called the Blue Marble. I wanted everyone to feel like no matter where they came from, they were and are a part of a small planet. I had a lot of hippie plans and dreams about creative groups being part of my collective. * sigh * I still dream of it often.


  5. I live quite close to Shrewsbury which is a little, old town full of twisty alleyways and hidden cafes/coffee shops. Even out McDonald’s is built in a medieval feasting hall.
    Libertines has an Alice in Wonderland and turns into a cocktail bar in the evenings. (Fantastic Sheep Chaser Fence Breaker which is apparently a traditional Shropshire cocktail, because we all know Shropshire is known for mangoes.)
    The Bear Steps is a little cafe in an old Tudor cottage where the floor slants and the ceiling slopes. Since it’s tucked away in a little courtyard next to an old church it is generally very secluded and quiet.
    Basically you have Starbucks, Costa, Nero and then loads of tiny, locally owned cafes dotted about. The Coffee House even hosts regular poetry events and music shows.


  6. Sounds like “A Friendly Little Alternative” would be a real hit. I would definitely become a regular if I lived there. I also would love to open a little coffee shop. It’s a bit different for me though, being that I don’t live in a coffee shop culture. However, I do live in a University town. I would love to be able to have a type of coffee shop that would have a library in it along one wall. Low music as well. All sorts of contemporary art on the wall that would provoke thought and conversation. And then maybe one night a week it would be an English club, where people that are wanting to practice their English could come and participate. There would be a little stage in the corner where, sometimes it could be one person with just voice and guitar, other nights it could be open mic. But there would always be a thematic topic for discussion, only in English.
    Thanks for sharing your dream.


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