Birdie’s Cafe – Coffee & Art

I think coffeehouses are meant to be in a row home on a historic street. There’s a rustic charm to a brick building with green trim and purple shutters. I go inside, staring at a narrow hallway with an old staircase and hardwood floors. The large, colorful mural of a woman holding up a cup of coffee spans the wall. The colors are bold, the details, vibrant.  This is my first trip to Birdie’s Café. … Continue reading

The Buzz

There’s a bakery in Monrovia that has my attention. The Buzz. Have you heard of this place? Correction: How have you not heard of this place? The words at First Sight come to mind. Three simple words implying an instant reaction. But there’s more to them. There’s more to this bakery than what you see. There’s all the ingredients for making a good story. Our senses include sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. They evoke … Continue reading

Gravel & Grind December Coffee Shop Blog

Gravel & Grind – 124 S Carroll St, Frederick, MD 21701 A bike shop + espresso bar. I don’t think a better combination exists. Yet, here I am, at the Gravel & Grind on Carroll Street, in the heart of downtown Frederick, trying to figure out how I didn’t know about this place before. Does the rest of Maryland know? If not, you should. My thoughts are that we have coffee and a bike. How … Continue reading