Thursday, May 9, 2013

Psychedelic Coffee

Hanging out at the café at Third Street Stuff and Coffee is kind of like hanging out in your grandma’s kitchen; if you had a grandma that practiced voodoo, was related to Jackson Pollock, went to poetry slams and voted for O’Bama  It’s warm and cozy, cluttered and colorful, politically correct and more than just a little wackie. Just like in grandma’s kitchen, you feel at home, and you know you aren’t going to leave without something sweet.

Sit still long enough and things start to emerge, much like a Magic Eye painting. The colors start to organize themselves into chairs and tables.  Random words on the walls are really patron’s impromptu poetry. You note the coffee is Fair Trade, the paper products are made from sugarcane, they use corn-derived plastic products. You take note of a hand-written sign: “Warning: Handle the honey with caution because it tends to explode.”

The last time I was there, it was for a latte and some of their locally made breads. While I enjoyed my latte at a table, the line at the counter grew till it extended out the door. Being politically correct sometimes take a little longer, but it’s not the kind of place where you need to be in a hurry anyway. You won’t get the full effect. Again, much like a Magic Eye painting!

If you go:
Third Street Stuff and Coffee
257 North Limestone (not 3rd Street!)
Lexington, KY 40507
(859) 255-5301
Mon.-Sat.: 7 a.m.-11p.m.
Sun.: 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m.

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