In an age where green straws have found their way off every highway exit and at every major intersection; I bring a strong urge to you.
When given the choice: choose the local coffee shop.
In the small town of Black Mountain, NC, there sits a coffee shop called The Dripolator. I frequent ‘The Drip’ and in turn have grown to love it. The Dripolator roasts their own beans and pulls from fair trade and organic exports. Their coffee is fantastic; but even better is the community that ‘The Drip’ provides.
(The Drip pictured above)
On my daily visit (sometimes twice a day) I am met with baristas that I know by name and locals that I know by face (and some by name). After visiting this place over and over again, I have found myself nestled into a beautiful community. Nestled into a community that knows me by name, face, and that I drink my coffee black.
When I have work to do, I go to ‘The Drip’; when I have no work to do, I go to ‘The Drip’; when I have a friend in town, I go to ‘The Drip’, when I have no friends in town, I go to ‘The Drip’ (and find friends); also I occasionally go to ‘The Drip’ for coffee.
My plea is simple; put a face to your money. Don’t let your money get shipped around through big corporations; let it stay in town, with the person you know, who puts food on their table by putting money back into businesses that support your friends and family. Support them and they will support you. Uphold them and they will uphold you.
Don’t be silly.