|Matt's ready for a Backstreet Boys music video.|
For now, let's focus on my latest experience at Erie Island Coffee, Saturday, July 5. I visited the East 4th Erie Island once before in September to meet up and catch up with my friend, Quara Gant, a Kent State graduate who now lives in Wooster.
I hadn't seen her since that meet-up. When she told me earlier this month she was planning another cameo in downtown Cleveland, I arranged another meet-up at Erie Island (This will have to become a regular pattern between us.) This time, I brought my boyfriend, philosopher and editor, Matt, and she brought her friend from Pittsburgh, Sonay, who after a couple years studying at Kent State decided to take her talents outside of Ohio.
Pictured here to the right is Sonay's and Quara's legs.
I didn't know they were watching my photo shoot
with Matt at the time.
East Fourth Street is mostly filled with bars and restaurants people go to after a professional sports game, so Erie Island gives a new variety to the mix. What's even more remarkable is Erie Island's weekend hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. This flexible is unheard of for a downtown Cleveland coffee shop.
Matt and I were so famished, we didn't even try to
make the food presentable.
Space and Atmosphere: Erie Island has a narrow, gallery interior filled with mounted art, wall-reflected light and a nice bar-stool area near the glass door. It's perfect for lonely bloggers like myself who want to camp out on someone else's WiFi during cloudy days.
This photo is actually from my first Erie Island visit back in
Despite the good weather, I steered my group to sit inside that Saturday because it was a bit too lively and loud outside and I always prefer tranquil, calm conversations.
I am not going to declare Erie Island on East 4th to be Cleveland's best coffee shop, but it does make me wish I had an RTA bus membership and that the transit agency would finally expand its rail service to Euclid.
Since my last visit, Erie Island staff have added these
"locally made" art, according to Matt. There was an alleged
sign posted about it, but I didn't see it. I am skeptical, but
we'll have to trust his word.
P.S. to all of the loyal readers who follow my blog: I am sorry about the spotty postings this past month and a half. I got caught up in "The Walking Dead" craze, but I am now recovering. Lets hope it takes a while for season 4 to get to Netflix.