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The Greenmount Coffee Lab Opens at Open Works

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Photo courtesy of Open Works

Greenmount Coffee Lab, a new addition the Red Emma’s family of cooperative projects, is now operating inside Baltimore makerspace, Open Works (1400 Greenmount Ave.).

Offering a full coffee and tea bar, and a selection of vegan pastries and healthy snacks for a light lunch, the Coffee Lab is exclusively stocked with transparently-traded, cooperatively-roasted beans by Thread Coffee, whose new roasting facility is on-site at Open Works.

Bolton Hill Coffee Shop Targeted in 5 Robberies

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via Bolton Hill Cafe and Coffee Bar

After multiple robberies, the Park Cafe and Coffee Bar’s owner decided to stop taking cash.

Artifact Coffee Eyeing Second Location in Charles Village

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Artifact Coffee. Photo by Ed Gunts.
Artifact Coffee. Photo by Ed Gunts.

Artifact Coffee of Hampden, one of the restaurants in Spike Gjerde’s Foodshed family, is in talks to open a second location in Charles Village.

Now on Display at the Walters: Coffee

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The Walters Art Museum Cafe in Baltimore

The Walters Art Museum just went up one or two  notches on the good-date-place scale. And not just because of the current exhibit African Presence: Student Response, an exhibit of work made by Baltimore middle and high school students in response to the special exhibition Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe. Though those exhibits are certainly reason enough to plan a trip to the Walters, you can now feel extra cool inviting someone along to see the exhibitions and then sit and chat about it (or yourselves) over coffee afterward.

Your Comments and Recommended Reading

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After reading “Don’t Sweat the Chicken Soup” yesterday (which quickly became our most read story ever) by Bohemian Rhapsody columnist Marion Winik, another BFB writer and Hot House columnist Cynthia McIntyre suggested we recommend to you, dear reader, “How To Land Your Kid In Therapy,” from The Atlantic Monthly. “It addresses what lots of us have been thinking as we look around at kids (other people’s, naturally). Best line? ‘Our children are not our masterpieces…'” Cynthia wrote in her email to us.  I proudly reported back to her that associate editor Rachel Monroe already wrote a post on the article last week. 

Speaking of Bohemian Rhapsody, the column regularly generates some of our favorite comments from you, like this one from Mary about “Scrabble, and Other Secret Languages.”

“Nobody plays Scrabble or works the NY Times crossword unless they are driven to it.  My sister can’t wait for me to set down my suitcase when I ‘go home’ before she gets out her deluxe board.  After many years of regularly losing to her, I’ve decided there are two kinds of Scrabble players: competitors (my sis and my late husband who I once discovered upstairs in the bedroom reading  a dictionary just before a family match) and nice guys (suckers like myself who plunk down low-count words to keep the board spread out and open in case we get enough letters to make a high-point word).  I’m going to work on those two-letter words before my summer trip home.” 

You are were greatly moved, too, by “Where are the Coffee Shops” by Rachel Monroe.  We especially liked this practical response from Andrew Hazlett:

“In recent years I’ve spent many a day trying to get work done in Hampden while our car gets serviced at Brentwood. It’s a wifi desert! There are plenty of other places in other neighborhoods that fit the bill for coffee-fueled freelance work, but Hampden seems to be missing an opportunity here. Most people who will sit and spend a few hours working understand they have to ‘pay their way’ in purchases, so I don’t understand why Hampden seems reluctant to add this crucial service to good customers.”

Hampden, take note.

And lastly, this insightful comment from chirper47 about “Do Extroverts Really Have More Fun?” by senior editor Betsy Boyd:

“I had a friend with a child at a local girls private school who was told that she should hold back her child a year because the child was shy. Huh? Since when does that warrant an extra year in school? Lately, shyness has been looked upon as a pathology.  Weird. Not everyone can be the life of the party, thank God. Wouldn’t that be an obnoxious world?”

Thanks for reading. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where Are the Coffee Shops?

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I used to jokingly refer to Charmington‘s, a charming new(ish) coffee shop between Charles Village and Remington, as my office. It’s got big windows, good coffee, and  a good circulation of friends stopping by to say hello. It also has all the wireless internet my heart could desire — that is, until last week when they instituted a recent policy where they cut the wifi from 11am-2pm.

Before anyone grumbles at me, I should say that I understand the rationale – it’s important to keep tables open for lunch customers, and some of us laptop-laden workers think we’re entitled to hunker down at a table for hours because we’ve bought a $1.50 coffee. It would be a fine policy, if there were other options — but Baltimore is kind of an internet wasteland. And it has the potential to destroy our economy.

(Don’t believe me? Well, a list:  Carma’s in Charles Village has great coffee and soup but no wifi; the nearby Starbucks does, but you have to pay. In Hampden, Common Ground is wifi-free; Spro is, too, ostensibly — though in the front room you can poach an open signal, but who knows how long that will last. The Hampden public library doesn’t have wireless, either. Usually if I’m in the neighborhood and need to do some internet work, I just go to my friends’ house.)

But this isn’t just about me and my selfish desire to check my email while sipping a latte; coffee shops may actually be vital to Baltimore’s very survival. Richard Florida coined the term “creative class” to refer to the artists, graphic designers, tech workers, and other “high bohemian” types who, he theorizes, will drive the economy of successful cities of the future. Austin, Portland, San Francisco:  these places attract the kind of people that Florida’s talking about. And they all famously have vibrant coffee shop cultures. If Baltimore is serious about wanting to attract creative types, we need to figure out where they’ll get their work done.

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