Category: Coffee

Shimoji Coffee

A recent visit to Vandalia, IL yielded a pleasant surprise. Shimoji Coffee opened at 7:00 AM on Sunday. The drive-through coffee shop was established in 2016 and works hard to assure a consistently pleasant customer experience. Shimoji roasts a rotating variety of beans for their shop and for consumers to enjoy at home. Hand-crafted syrups

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Caffeinated Spring Training

Most of my trips to Florida are to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. I usually struggle to find a satisfying cup of coffee in this area. High rent and a transient customer base is not fertile ground for growing a business focused on the bean. I’m not interested in how many flavors of

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Spencer’s Coffee

One of the pleasant surprises during a recent trip to Bowling Green, KY was a stop at Spencer’s Coffee. Knowing I would need some caffeine for the long ride home, I selected Spencer’s. The downtown location has an upscale, coffee-shop vibe. Well-appointed and spacious, the shop’s walls are tastefully filled with original artwork, including a

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New Year Goodbye

I said goodbye to a good friend this week. At my age I feel the need to clarify that my friend was just moving away. Larry and I worked together for nearly twenty years. I remember hiring Larry to help with our expanding business. With similar backgrounds, values and hobbies, it was easy for me

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Small Town Big Money

I had never been to a Book Release Event. Never had a desire to. Have never really anticipated the release of a book. This was different. It was local and I knew the author. There was music, comedy, readings, food, a variety of people, late night in downtown Sikeston, MO. Something compelled me to be

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Parengo Coffee

Parengo Coffee opened a small shop on Malone St. in 2013. It was a comfortable space with counter service and a somewhat detached seating area. Parking and access were a bit limited by the location on Sikeston’s major east-west thoroughfare which is also Highway 62. But Colby Williams and staff built a good business of

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Plan B

Plan B can be a beautiful thing. I signed up for races on three successive weekends in September this year. I knew what I was doing, so I’m not complaining. Questioning my critical thinking skills a bit, but not complaining. Trail of Tears sprint triathlon followed by City of Roses Half Marathon then finish with

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