John Hutchison, another up-and-coming model. We were so
fortunate to be leaving Harbor Perk at a time when no one was
siting at outdoor tables.
It was very awkward trying to sneak in photos like this one
when the place was packed in the morning and early
I thought of going a little exotic that Saturday morning with
a mocha. It tasted great, but I would hate to learn just how
much sugar was inside.
Anyway, throughout my 8.5-hour visit to Ashtabula, I bought two large ice coffees, a bagel and a medium-size mug of mocha. (I had trouble sleeping later that night, you can imagine.) I had to look back at my bank statement to find out I spent approximately $15 there--not counting tips.
By 5 p.m., Harbor Perk hosted three guitarists who played
random 90 musical hits for two hours.
|Harbor Perk, where retail meets back office.|
The thing I appreciate the most at Harbor Perk is that everything is visible. Their coffee roaster, their office desks, their storage of coffee beans--it is all out in front. I've seen other coffee shops do the same, but in Harbor Perk's case, the design adds to the industrial flare that is present all around Ashtabula Harbor and Bridge Street.
|A high view of Ashtabula's Harbor from Point Park.|
P.S.: You can find this blog post printed in this year's edition of the News-Herald's Good Living in Ashtabula County section running Thursday Sept. 25.