In my quest of the past year or so to try to support small businesses more often than I go to chain joints, I’ve come across some pretty cool places. This little shop is just a few blocks away from my house. The coffee is better than Starbucks, and quite a bit cheaper. The ambiance is better, there’s a nice big patio outside with plenty of shade (I live in Texas, 5 miles from Mexico, shade is important), and the people are nice. What’s not to love? I’d much rather hang out in a place that has comfy furniture and feels like home, especially since it occupies what used to be someone’s house, than a concrete building with people coming in and out every 30 seconds, tiny chairs, and $6 lattes. Support your local barista everyone.