Thursday, October 16, 2014

@ Something Sweet Coffee and Bakery in Delaware

Hold The Coffee stepped foot in Delaware this weekend--no, not the state, the county seat that sits virtually in the middle of Ohio.

Matt Sellers... in fall fashion
For nearly two years, my impression of Delaware and the county that bears the same name was nothing more than a large Columbus suburb Matt and I needed to cut through to get to Columbus' trendy neighborhoods and downtown YMCA. I intended to erase that perception Saturday, Oct. 4, as Matt and I cleared our schedule to explore downtown Delaware and its highlighted coffee shop, Something Sweet Coffee and Bakery. (We also went the city's YMCA, and were shocked by all that it offered. It might indisputably be the best YMCA center Matt and I have ever visited.)

A fun fact: Something Sweet at 2 N Sandusky St., used to be called the Mean Bean Coffeehouse until a couple purchased it in late 2011.

Location: I sometimes tell people my favorite thing about a neighborhood or downtown district is its potential of what it can be. That doesn't work for downtown Delaware because it's clearly met that imaginative potential. Almost none of the retail spaces along Sandusky Street are vacant and the ones that are have signs saying something is coming soon.

Something Sweet has a few of these really neat columns
inside the shop. It's very neat how the mismatch colored
glass is scattered throughout the concrete. 
Much of the downtown eateries, bars, attractions and shops in Delaware are gravitated along Sandusky and Winter streets and although it's not geographically in the middle of downtown, Something Sweet sits virtually in the middle of the activity being only a block away from the Ohio Wesleyan University campus.

Something Sweet's two-story building sticks out among most of the buildings downtown with its mismatch brick and stone facade. Something Sweet also doesn't have a dedicated parking lot, but it didn't take long at all for Matt and I to find street parking that Saturday a couple blocks away.

Best of all, Something Sweet maintains steady hours throughout the week with even 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. hours on Sunday. These days, I am never surprised to see a coffee shop closed on Sundays, or if not then, Mondays.

A coffee shop visit is never complete with an emotional
novel like Paul Auster's "Sunset Park." Matt actually
100 pages in our 1.5 hour visit that Saturday.
Food and Beverage: Something Sweet's menu is everything the name conveys--muffins, donuts and pumpkin rolls--all baked on-site. Matt and I exerted some self-control that Saturday and ordered only one pumpkin muffin. (We've been siding with a lot of pumpkin-flavored pastries lately.) Together with two large brewed coffees with daily flavor shots (so much for self-control on the sugar) Matt and I spent $7 straight--or as straight as two gay men can.

The place also serves sandwiches, but like almost every coffee shop, it's not a place to go to with an empty stomach. That's not a big deal though, considering all of the nearby pubs and restaurants downtown like 1808 American Bistro, Bun's and Amato's Woodfired Pizza. That Saturday before going to Something Sweet, Matt and I ate lunch at Chandra's Bistro, an Asian bar and restaurant my coworker Elizabeth Childers recommended, who is an Ohio Wesleyan alum. While there, we met owner Chandra and she told us that Saturday was the restaurant's last day because she is temporarily moving to Louisiana to take care of her sick son. A new owner is going to open another Asian-style bistro at the space, she told us. To say we weren't expecting to hear that is an understatement.

The ceiling here is oddly low, but as any good coffee shop,
you do best with what you have.
Space and Atmosphere: Something Sweet's mocha-shade colors and simple metal furniture brings a very chill and casual atmosphere. An ideal place to open a laptop and study before class.

The male and female baristas there we're also very chill and friendly, considering that I walked into the shop with a Tim Horton's logo on my jacket unknowingly. (I am not really sure why it has a Tim Horton's logo. My sister gave it to me last spring, however, she says I stole it.)

No one seemed bothered. In fact the male barista asked me inquisitively if I just came from work at the Tim Horton's two blocks west. I laughed. Oddly enough, he told us he knows a worker who does just that.

I am not surprised. With its quiet, comfort space and diabetic-endangering pastries, I would do the same.

Again, if you have suggestions of a coffee shop for a future entry, send it to me via on Twitter at @SimonSaysNH.

1 comment:

  1. I intended to erase that perception Saturday, Oct. 4, as Matt and I cleared our schedule to explore downtown Delaware and its highlighted coffee shop, Sudha