(photo by Scott Beale, www.laughingsquid.com)
It was recently taken over by a young couple who just had their first baby. They're earnest and enthusiastic, and by all appearances very liberal. They've spoken in the press about their desire to encourage a sense of community and involvement in the downtown. To that end, they've provided computers and wifi in the cafe, and encouraged musical and literary events.
They have good coffee, and the dogs and I have enjoyed a lot of sausage biscuits, scones and muffins there. I make it a point to try to patronize local businesses as much as I can, and have encouraged everyone I know to do the same.
But that might be about to end.
While the cafe's former owners, current owners and the majority of its clientele have always been obviously liberal in their politics, and some of the expressions of that leaning have been annoying, the introduction of one particular product in the store may be the tipping point for me, leading me to avoid patronizing them in future.
This is a coffee cup with the title "I have a dream!" which has on it a map of the USA with the now-classic red and blue states depicted. But when you fill it with hot coffee (or chai, or holistic green tea, or whatever young lefties slurp) ALL the states turn to BLUE! Yup, the dream is a map devoid of any red (Republican) states.
I'm only nominally a Republican and have been pretty annoyed with the GOP many times. I'm only supporting McCain because I fear an Obamanation and think Sarah Palin's a good thing. But I very much dislike such partisanship in a store that professes to want to build "community" and spouts all the other buzz words that go along with that.
I haven't told them about it yet, but I intend to, and to point them to this blog as well so that they can reply if they wish.
But until they can start stocking bi-partisan products that embrace both sides of the political spectrum, the dogs and I will get our morning repast from another vendor. Too bad. The coffee's pretty good and the dogs like the cranberry muffins a lot.