Hold The Coffee features its first Akron coffee shop in this week's post, and it's in a area I am often excited to visit, the Highland Square neighborhood.
Bless Micco for adventuring with me around Highland
Square wearing those painful heels.
My long-time Kent State University friend Rebecca Micco, whom I call simply Micco, joined me for coffee and some adventure Friday April 25. She teaches English in North Carolina, but visited Northeast Ohio for Spring Break so we were eager to re-unite!
My love affair for Akron runs deep and since its closer to Youngstown, her hometown, than Cleveland, I thought this was a perfect for a visit.
While that Friday wasn't my first time in the Highland Square neighborhood, it was the first time I visited Angel Falls, and you better believe I was wondering the whole time whether the owner loved Sonic The Hedgehog enough to name his shop after one of the game's zone courses.
Maybe its just me, but I think the mural should continue
around the entire building.
Some people might get turned off the coffee shop's non-conventional look, and quite frankly, I probably would've been one of those people two or three years ago. Nowadays, however, I value people and businesses who make the best out of unattractive infrastructure. It's better than an abandoned building. Or worse, a surface parking lot.
And judging by the mural on the side of the building, I can tell love and effort was poured into this property. Much like the rest of the Highland Square neighborhood. And I say all of this despite the VanDevere car dealership siting along West Market Street between this section of Highland Square and downtown.
No one can say no to that brownie. Not even Micco's
What first drew my attention at Angel Falls was the countless jars of coffee beans stacked around the perimeter of the space. Just as visually captivating, however, is Angel Falls' selection of cakes, brownies and cookies, plentiful enough to make a type-2 diabetic pray.
On Saturday, I ordered a large coffee and a chocolate-peanut butter brownie for $4 and change. Micco opted for a healthier alternative, ordering a sandwich and a bottle of Snapple. She ultimately surrendered to half of my brownie. (And then I made her join me for lunch at Wally Waffle a few blocks down. Hahahaha!)
Here is one side of Angel Falls.
A quarter of the people I saw that Sautrday were working on their laptops and the rest were conversing about world events. Well, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but I was eavesdropping on the conversation of an older man and younger woman sitting beside me. I can't really remember the topics they covered, but it kept me entertained while I waited for Micco to arrive.
And here is the seating area side of Angel Falls.
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.