Coco et Olive (Riley Park & Little Mountain)
People seem to have forgotten the lost art of just having a cup of tea and read the newspaper. Certainly, with the kind of academic and socialite lives I have, I find that I almost NEVER have the time to just sit down, relax and have a pot of tea and read the newspaper. I live such a fast and accelerated life that I just keep going, and going, and going.
So, I had not visited Coco et Olive on Main and almost 21st, and I now realize that it was one of the best decisions I’ve made in recent history. While the prices aren’t extremely inexpensive, it’s such a small, quaint, local shop that caters to those of us who really want to sit down and relax and take a minute to take in the atmosphere, I really was very upset at the table-hoggers who went and parked themselves for more than 2 hours while taking valuable space (and not buying even more drinks or baked goods!)
This is NOT a place to do work. I repeat, this is NOT a place to work. Go and hog the chain coffee shops’ tables. Coco et Olive is a boutique tea/coffee shop that caters to those of us who will be there for an hour and have some time for ourselves and then go on with our day. Support your local shops and be conscious of the fact that someone else may need that quiet time with themselves.
Coco et Olive is totally worth the trip to Main Street to just take quiet time for yourself. Yes, it’s not inexpensive, and yes, it may feel a bit pretentious, but it reminded me of the cafes in Paris.