When Kelli told me she reads my blog often,
I literally squealed. #theotherwhitemeat
Tree City isn't the only coffee shop at my alma mater. There's a Starbucks inside a feigned indie-style two-story building on the north side of campus, as well as long-time coffee shop named Scribbles and roaster Bent Tree Coffee on North Water Street. Recently, a two-story, surprisingly-indie-looking Dunkin Donuts was erected a few hundred feet from the Starbucks along East Main Street. I know from experience that the Starbucks and Scribbles have a strong, loyal customer-base, having visited both of them myself. Tree City at 135 E. Eerie St., however, breaks from the rest as possibly the coffee shop everyone thinks of when they talk about Downtown Kent.
I was not surprised at all when my friend Kelli Fitzpatrick, a soon-to-be graduate in journalism, voted to meet up at Tree City Saturday, March 8, for a catch-up talk and general chit-chat. (And to remind her that she needs to form a Northeast Ohio bucket list before she moves to the coastal for journalism jobs.)
Often, I'm forced to sit at the bar because the coffee shop is
Tree City was built during this major revitalization effort inside a multipurpose, commercial annex, Acorn Alley. (Nowadays, I don't think many people know which buildings belong to which development. I do because I was reporting on the developments for the student newspaper.)
I arrived at Tree City 30 minutes early and I originally meant
to save Kelli half of my doughnut, but my will power was
not strong enough.
Food and Beverage: When it comes to places like Tree City, I can't just simply buy coffee. I am always eager to try a new brownie, cookie or cheesecake inside their display shelves below the counter. Saturday's visit was no different. My eyes quickly closed in on the doughnut layered with cream and caramel drizzle. (The barista told me the name of the doughnut, but I quickly forgot it. He also said the baker tries out new doughnut flavors and designs each week.) Together with my 20-ounce coffee, I spent $5 and change.
Yes, that's steel wiring connecting the fireplace to the
ceiling. Groundbreaking, I know.
Saturday was no different. The interior of Tree City hadn't changed much at all since when I remembered it as a student. It has a fireplace in the middle, a garage-lift window on one side of the door for summer weather, and exposed vents along the ceiling.
Very cool. I would love to see more of this at neighborhood
Again, if you have suggestions of a coffee shop for a future entry, send it to me via firstname.lastname@example.org on Twitter at @SimonSaysNH.