This is Nicole's second time being featured in my blog, and
she told me she came prepared this time.
Another reason it's been on my radar is because the owners have taken on a local humanitarian cause to feed the hungry since a local man was caught on camera stealing cash from their shops' tip jar. Instead of pressing charges, the owners helped the man as well as other people in need of food.
My friend from Kent State University, Nicole Stempak, invited me for an afternoon chit-chat-after-church Wednesday, July 8, down at Nervous Dog Coffee Bar's original shop at 1530 West Market St. (Nervous Dog also has a shop in the suburb of Stow.) It was my first-ever visit to the place.
Nicole took a big fancy at Thirsty Dog's shelves of books
near its massive window.
Location: Nicole warned me ahead of time: the shop has a frontal parking lot. As anyone who knows me knows: front-sided parking lots are sometimes my biggest pet peeve of any business because it subscribes to the lifestyle that cars come before pedestrians.) I wasn't bothered here though because it had only two short rows of parking in front with a far larger share in the alley and back of this particular building. (Nicole was calling it a shopping plaza, but I don't think that is quite accurate given the type of office-like tenants.)
Nicole later told me that the place does offer coffee in mugs.
We just failed to explicitly ask for mugs.
Food and Beverage: I did the unusual thing again that Wednesday and ordered a custom latte. Despite my hard-line tradition of buying nothing more expensive than an iced coffee or cold brew beverage, I ordered a large Maple Cupcake Latte as well as a real chocolate cupcake for $6 and change. The shop's chalkboard list of 14 signature lattes and mochas made me curious. I didn't regret my decision.
Nicole took a similar route and ordered a Bumbleberry Latte with a cupcake of her own.
|It's a small, lovely space.|
When Nicole arrived 15 minutes later, the crowd was still pretty tight packed in Nervous Dog's shop. She said she's seen the place a lot worse on weekend visits, sometimes with a line that stretches to the door. (This is just simply another indication that Akron needs more coffee shops.) I kind of wished the place had more bar seating areas, considering that most of its patrons that day were armed with laptops hooked up to the shop's Wi-Fi.
Although it was a beautiful cloudy day and Nervous Dog had seating out in the front of its shop, I was glad the two of us were able to sit indoors.
I should've bought some Thirsty Dog apparel. Maybe next
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 @SimonGH_Says.