Looking Beyond the Bells and Whistles

My favorite place to get coffee is not a major chain.

It doesn’t have couches to sit on, no artisan bread, no CDs to buy, no internet access, no music playing and they don’t take plastic. Cash only, please.

So why is The Whistle Stop Java Shop my favorite place when the perks are few?

The coffee.

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I LOVE the coffee and I love lingering over it with no distractions.

Maybe its age or circumstances in my life changing, but lately I’m examining the choices I make a little more carefully. What do I ultimately want? I can have a great experience at Starbucks or a locally owned coffee shop that’s on trend but ultimately that’s not what I’m looking for.

What I’m looking for is one of two things: 1) a great coffee beverage and 2) the opportunity for relationship. For me, and a lot of people, the phrase “let’s get coffee” isn’t just about the coffee. It’s about getting together with a friend to talk. REALLY talk.

I find that trendy places can’t offer me that and I didn’t realize that until recently when I met a friend at The Whistle Stop and had one of the greatest conversations (and raspberry white chocolate mocha) of my life. There were no distractions. Just me, my friend, two cups of coffee and a quiet patio all to ourselves.

The “extras” aren’t bad, per se but they do distract and take away from the purpose. Everything else is just noise and distracts me from what I really want…coffee and relationship.

Bells and whistles exist in many areas. They try to draw our attention, our time and our wallets. Before you invest, might I suggest taking a few moments to look beyond the bright lights and see if it’s what you really want? You may find that the “coffee” isn’t as good as promised.

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