Educationslice of life

SOL: Coffeehouse Life



During college, I discovered my love: coffee shops.

I couldn’t believe I had never visited them or worked at one during high school – nothing. I met so many people and I became apart of the little town that I worked in. The town was actually called Pleasantville and I was in love. It was my absolute favorite town and the coffee shop was where I spent all of my time outside of my college classes or my apartment.

Then I found an apartment that was literally down the road from the coffee shop and I was always there. The owner hated the place because her son had up and left her with it and she had no idea how to run it. Myself and a few others stepped in and took all of the shifts and basically ran the place. One day, her son came back and wanted to run the shop. He and his babies mom came from Durango, Colorado and decided they wanted to take the shop back.

This made me love the place even more – it actually turned me into quite the hippie and it was great. There was nothing more that I loved than my coffee shop in Pleasantville. We had our own little community.

The new owners stayed for a little while and then for whatever reason they up and left one day without saying goodbye, leaving everyone to pick up the pieces. This really changed the whole atmosphere of the shop and it was never the same again after that.

I moved on to another coffee shop where the owners had also worked at the coffee shop that I had and they hired me right away. I was never able to recreate the same atmosphere as the first one, but this one came close.

The owner and I had spoke about when I graduated, me driving across the country and stopping at coffee shops and writing about each of them and then creating it into a book. This was a dream of mine for so long and they were going to help me pay for it and search out the places and all of these amazing things.

Then, real life came into play and I realized I didn’t have anyone to pay my bills while I was gone on this escapade and I would have to pay for gas and hotels at the same time as making no money. Realistically, I was not sure how I could even pull this off.

I graduated.

I started applying to other jobs – 9-5 jobs that I could have health insurance and an actual pay check that could pay for bills. At this point, I was working multiple jobs and could just barely afford life.

Looking back I just think to myself, why the hell did I not do that? I should have went for it. It could have been an amazing book.

Maybe one day I will still do it.



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TWL Working Mom

Jennifer is the owner of TWL Working Moms. She is a full time teacher, a mom & step mom, and NBCT Facilitator. Jennifer lives in Washington State and is a born + raised New Yorker. In her spare time, she loves traveling, yoga, the beach, writing, listening to books and drinking coffee.

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  1. Interesting stories about the significant coffee shops in your life! I wanted to learn more about how the right atmosphere is created in a coffee shop. If you ever make your book, you will have readers- many people love them the way you do. Why do you think? I urge you to write more about it. If you ever take your road trip and photograph coffee shops you might already have the introduction written 🙂

    1. You are right. I don’t know why many people love them. Probably the decorations and the cutesy feel of them. I definitely need to do this !

  2. Do it! Start now! Write down everything you remember and fill in the gaps later. I’m sure you wont regret it if you start but never get to finish, but you might regret never starting. Good luck. 🙂

  3. I love coffee shops. I also love diners. We live in nh. Up in wolfeboro, there’s a fabulous coffee shop/café, Lydia’s Café. In the town where I live, we have an awesome café that serves the most delicious coffee and other things. I’m surprised I don’t own one, too!! I should call it Bumbleberry. 🙂

    1. Agreed that would be an awesome name ! I really wanted to own one as well!!! I had lots of dreams lol

  4. I didn’t discover coffee shops until I was in my 30’s. Now, much older, I have a lovely independent coffee shop just two blocks away. There is a Starbucks two block in another direction, but I prefer the independent shop.

  5. I agree the others. Start now. I met one of the founders of Cracker Barrel on a flight. She told me it started on the back of a brown paper sack in her kitchen. A book. A coffee shop. A franchise. Who knows where it might lead.

  6. Your idea about a coffeehouse book is wonderful. There are a few wonderful ones here in Colorado, close to Denver, so I’m sure you would find many. Don’t throw that dream away!

    1. Thanks! There are soooo many wonderful coffee shops and I haven’t even been to all of the states!

  7. What a great idea for a book! Have you ever been on a writing marathon? Store to shop to cafe, writing in each place. It’s great fun for kids, too.

  8. I enjoyed reading about your coffeeshop adventures and the idea for a book. Hang on to that someday idea, it ended your piece with hope.

  9. I enjoy traveling and having a guide to great/interesting coffee shops would make for an enjoyable trip. Go for it.

  10. I love coffee houses, too. Somewhere I have an ode I wrote to the coffee house. Love them in big cities.

    1. The ones that you find in big cities are so rare because of all the franchises.. so they are usually the best finds!

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