After nearly a year, I am finally returning to this blog. I successfully graduated with my MSLS this May. This means that I have a little more free time now and can really start reading again – hurrah! I also want a good way to pursue continuing education, and have decided to do so through by reading and blogging about professional development books for librarians. My goal is to read and blog about one book a month. The perimeters will be fairly broad: any book written for librarians, library school students, or library staff that are meant to be educational rather than entertaining. Here’s to happy reading!
This weekend’s coffee shop is The Study, the coffee shop just inside the main library on campus. I get a coffee here once or twice a week when on campus, and always enjoy it. Today I got a mocha, as usual, and it’s quite tasty. The Study has a specialty drink, the albino squirrel, which I meant to try today but forgot…
The Study is a cozy little coffee shop, with some tables and some comfy chairs and couches. In addition to the full coffee bar, they sell a wide array of bottled drinks, prepackaged sandwiches, and a huge variety of snack and packaged meal (think ramen bowels and those microwavable pasta dishes). There is also a microwave available for student use. It’s a very useful little resource nestled into what is, naturally, my favorite place on campus. It’s Saturday around lunch time, and it’s pretty quiet – a few people eating, a few with laptops, a few curled up with books. At this time on a school day it’s usually bustling, and can get very noisy. I rarely use The Study as a place to hang out, though at this volume level it seems like a great place to do so. The hours are a bit skewed based on it’s location, though I have yet to learn them. I arrived three hours ago expecting to get a morning coffee, but they did not open until noon.
The décor is cute. There are old card catalogs around, and old black and white photographs from the university on one wall. There are a few cool light structures hanging from the ceiling, and a TV that’s currently showing the weather. One wall has several narrow but tall windows, and the opposite wall has frosted glass walls separating the coffee shop from a computer lab. It’s a bit plain overall, but has a very comfortable feel. Almost every time I’ve come in, the same couple of people have been working. They are nice enough, but generally seem bored with their job. Overall, The Study is a place that I’m happy to visit, though out of utility and location, not as a destination in itself.
This is the first in a series of posts that will detail my project to visit every coffee house in Denton while I am a student here. Although I’m generally not productive at coffee shops (noise of any kind is very distracting to me), I love hanging out in them; this is more of a stress relief project than anything else.
My first coffee house is Jupiter House, a coffee shop on the cute little downtown square that I’ve been to a few times before and enjoyed. It claims to be “Denton’s original coffee house since 1994” and “voted best coffee shop in Denton 5 years in a row,” and I can see why that it is. It’s got a great atmosphere. It’s a large, simple, rectangular space with three rows of tables of different sizes, with some tables and chairs outside. There are lamps on the tables against either wall, simple lights and ceiling fans above, and a few cool star lamps hanging from the ceiling. There’s a community bulletin board by the entrance, a couple of couches on the other end of the room, plenty of accessible plugs, and free wi-fi (which is somewhat slow). At 10:30 on a Sunday morning, it’s comfortably crowded, with an equal mix of conversationalists and studiers. It’s got a wide mix of patrons, something I love about in Denton in general, and would make for great people watching. As for the coffee, it’s amazing. Today I got an “integrated,” the equivalent of a black and white mocha. Jupiter House offers a wide range of special coffees, lattes, smoothies, and milkshakes, as well as bagels and bagel sandwiches, a range of bottled drinks and soda on tap, and so many amazing looking baked goods. In past visits I’ve had a normal mocha and an espresso spiked milkshake, as well as one of the baked goods (Zucchini bread? Banana bread? Some kind of bread). Every item I’ve ordered and every visit I’ve had here has been wonderful. It’s always been some level of crowded when I’ve been here, though today I’m not sure there’s even any open tables left. It is definitely a bit noisy, so for me it’s a good place to come with a friend rather than to do much work (and it has the added benefit of being on the square, offering plenty of other options to see after done with coffee with said friend). The baristas have always been friendly, and I generally even get a little bit of art in my milk foam. I wholeheartedly recommend Jupiter House to anyone and everyone, and think it’s a must stop-in spot when visiting the downtown square.