That’s pretty much any place I live in. Even when I visit somewhere, you have to drive. If I visited or lived in another country where you don’t have to drive (whether it’s easy to walk or it’s filled with great public transportation), it’d be a culture shock because I feel like no such place exists lol.
Barnes and Noble is always crowded—actually a lot of bookstores seem to be crowded anyway lol. And yeah, I feel that. The nearest bookstore from me (which also happens to be B&N) is three hours away…
I feel that. Before I could drive, I wasn’t able to go anywhere to write unless someone took me… and back then, we either had no car or one car (for which my mom always used). So, I was typically stuck writing at home. Then my sister moved back in and there were times when we went places, but it wasn’t often (specifically going somewhere to write). It wasn’t until I got my driver’s license and I was able to use my parent’s car (back in 2021…ish) where I could do such a thing. Though I don’t drive much anyway so where I go is limited.
The main place I go to is our local coffeeshop, Red Beard. It apparently used to be a music store before 2017, but I guess it went out of business or something and the guy that owns it now took over and made it into a cafe. It’s a very popular cafe, too, because it’s the only main one in town. I mean, we do have Scooters (both a drive thru and actual cafe) and we finally got a Starbucks last year, but they cannot compare to Red Beard—mostly because they tend to make my drinks watery, and I’d gave Starbees the pass at first because they’re new, but now not too sure. I only go to Starbucks here (the one an hour away which we used to go to whenever we went to Target was really good) if Red Beard is too busy. And Scooters also makes my drink watery, or sometimes taste funny. Red Beard always makes my Chai perfect. c:
Red Beard is this small coffeeshop in our downtown area, and what I mean by small is that there’s roughly six or so tables in there, and they can fill up fast. The atmosphere definitely gives you homey vibes, and the people that work there are great! A lot of people that go are actually friends of the owner who works there occasionally as a barista himself. And not only is he such a nice guy, he does a lot for the community (both being great and doing great marketing lol). Every December, he has carriage rides that go around our mainstreet with hot cocoa; Meet and Greet with Santa, and a bunch of other stuff. For New Years, he did giveaways and a contest (soups, deserts, etc.) where winners took home random gifts like RB merch and cooking utensils, etc. along with free coffees and whatnot. My sister won a “free coffee for a year” where she could order anything on their menu… for free… for a year. It’s so cool!
I absolutely love going whenever I can, especially sitting by the windows because it just makes it feel magical… kind of weird to say, but it really does. Mostly during great weather (snowing or raining) lol.
Otherwise, the only other place I’ve written outside of home is at the library (AKA work) and I’ve only ever does this once because my go-to is Red Beard. And I only came here to write because Red Beard was too busy to sit down at.
But there’s a desk in a corner upstairs where the YA section is and I chose that spot because it’s not only far away from the circulation desk, but it’s surrounded by books—particularly ones with the target audience I write, so it gives me some inspiration. I can’t find a picture online, so I’ll post one later (that I have in my phone).
Otherwise, whenever I visit Columbus, Ohio (where my sister lives), all I really wanna do is visit all their bookstores and libraries and cafes and write. There’s this beautiful cafe in Westerville called Java Central Cafe and Roaster:
And then there’s the Book Loft in German Village:
We’re hoping to move to Columbus sometime this year or next year. My sister has her heart set on moving toward the end of summer, but I know it probably won’t happen until next year.