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.