Sunday, 12 October 2014
SNOW IN MONTROSE: MERCANTILE COFFEE
So it happens ever so often that I pack my computer and some books, abandon the self-imposed social isolation that comes with working from home and wander off into the air conditioned refuge that is a coffee place. Especially since a construction site has sprung up right next to our door and the days are filled with hammering of the Mexican builders.
And although Montrose does not offer the abundance of cafés my hood in Berlin provided, nor the frequency of smokey coffee bars of Zagreb, there are some decent places here too!
One of my favourite cafés is Mercantile on Stanford and Hawthorne. It is situated in an old (i.e. small) shopping strip in a historic residential neighbourhood and is a meeting place for the area. Next to it is a laundrette, that seems to have been there forever. There is another Mercantile in the Rice Village, but I have never been there, so I cannot compare.
You enter from the omnipresent heat through a glass door and are greeted by a chilly breeze. The large bar welcomes the coffee thirsty and adds to the cooling effect of air condition: The wall behind the bar is covered in wallpaper depicting white birch trees covered in snow.
My favourite is the black leather couch though, where you can cuddle up, sip your black brew and gaze at the intersection outside from a safe distance.
Oh yes, the coffee is also pretty good, so now you have it.