I am sure those plants look more beautiful in the summer. But who needs
plants when you have gorgeous models like the one standing in this photo?
I could probably write a few blog posts about New Urbanism in the Queen City, but I'll stick to talking about Sweet_ness 7 Cafe at 220 Grant Street.
Matt and I made our first visit to Sweet_ness 7 (I wish I had asked someone about the mysterious "_" in the name) March 30. The coffee shop has a second location on the north side of Buffalo at 301 Parkside Ave., but I wanted to stick with the original location, especially after reading their inspirational story on their website.
What a beautiful building and neighborhood. I would love
to live somewhere like this someday.
I asked the nice barista behind the bar for their biggest
mug and he handed me this gingerbread monster. The
Matt and I calculated to be a 32 oz.
Food and Beverage: I always appreciate whenever a neighborhood coffee shop provides locally roasted coffee and baked goods, but Sweet_ness 7 takes that a little further in providing local craft beer and wine. Patrons can even add a shot of alcohol to any beverage they want for $3. (Makes me wonder what kind of liquor license is needed for that.)
Matt nor I ordered shots in our house coffees, but Matt did buy a house red wine Sunday. Together, with a homemade pecan-cranberry-chocolate-chip biscotti and a fudge brownie, Matt and I spent nearly $12 flat. (I had to triple-check my notes because that is crazy cheap.)
I know what you're thinking. Where is all of the immigrants
and refugees? Well there's a private college only a mile
Coupled with the high ceiling, exposed brick walls, wood-panel flooring and an obsolete pay phone booth randomly placed near the entrance, Sweet_ness 7 has so much to love for vintage nerds like myself.
Sweet_ness 7 also has a love for chalk boards that's unmatched compared to coffee shops I've visited so far. Not only do they have chalk boards installed on the cabinet windows and walls, but Matt noticed they have chalk on the building's support beam that runs along the wall and ceiling.
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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.