Why this is awesome: If you've been reading my blog for a while, you may have noticed that I am a big fan of coffeeshops. I've featured a number of them in my Lotus Moments over the years, and generally speaking, they come in a close second as my favorite type of independent business. (My first is an indie bookstore.)
Well, ever since leaving my hometown, I've been on the search for the perfect coffeeshop here on the East Coast. And I'm sad to say I'm still searching 6.5 years later.
Here me out.
Perhaps I'm being too particular, but the right coffeeshop for me has that singular bohemian vibe coupled with a menu of just the right savory and sweet eats, and lies within a reasonable <20 min walk or ride from my home. Add in some weekend late-night hours and the perfect chai latte, and I am pretty much a customer for life.
Well, The Thirsty Scholar -- now closed -- in downtown Indianapolis was that coffeeshop for me. And so far, after living in Northern New Jersey for almost 7 years, I've only found 2 contenders to my old fave: MUD in New York's East Village and Ohmies in Roselle, NJ.
The last time I visited Ohmies, I snapped a photo of this painting above. It is a wonderful representation of the vibe I feel when I'm there. Although I suspect the owner is more committed to promoting the yoga studio attached, for me ... it's about the cafe.
In addition to the eclectic surroundings, they also do a decent chai, a mean grilled cheese sandwich, and the sweets menu isn't too bad either. But I mainly enjoy the space for the energy and the people-watching opportunities.
Sure, I could lament about how it's more than 25 minutes away by car, or complain about how it doesn't stay open past 3pm, but I won't. Instead, I'm going to focus on appreciating the great vibes, the colorful and thought-provoking decor, and the supportive atmosphere.
Here are few more photos of the space, just in case I've piqued your interest and you're thinking about paying them a visit:
Top Image: Photo of Fill Your Cup at Ohmies painting by Candace Nicholson | All Other Images: Photos of Ohmies' interiror by Candace Nicholson