Autumn. That time of year when everything starts to change. Leaves go from Green to a Brown or even an Orange hue & when you start hearing leaf blowers in the distance. Even the coffee starts to change! They go from Frappuccinos & Iced Coffees to freshly brewed hot cups of coffee (which sound really good right about now)! Seattle, WA (where Starbucks is Head Quartered) makes coffee look VERY appetizing! Just look at that presentation! And the weather: well, it’s right in the neutral zone! Not too humid & warm/not too cold (yet). Autumn as a season is just beautiful! As for me, even though we are on Fall Break right now, mentally & physically, I am not on break. I am currently getting a head start on future assignments, planning out Board Meeting Agendas for the next several months, filling out Organizational Financial Reports and doing everything else in between. Until next time guys, Stay Classy!
Maybe I’m broaching a subject that has already been done, or perhaps more than a bit stereotypical? But it’s near and dear to my heart. St. Louis offers up some awesome local coffee shops to fulfill the caffeine needs of any student. If you’re looking for something relatively close to Fontbonne I would have to recommend either Kaldi’s on Demun, just off Clayton Rd., or Foundation Grounds on Manchester, just off Big Bend. Both shops have great coffee, breakfast and lunch items, baked goods, and a relaxed atmosphere perfect for doing homework or hanging out with friends.
If you’re willing to explore the city a bit more, there are a few different neighborhoods with great shops. The Tower Grove neighborhood has Mokabe’s and the Gelateria on South Grand, Hartford Coffee House on Hartford St., and the lesser known, Sweet Art Bakery and Cafe (a personal favorite of mine) just north of Tower Grove Park on 39th St.
In the Delmar Loop neighborhood there’s Meshuggah Cafe and Blueprint Coffee. In the Central West End there’s the Coffee Cartel, Palate Coffee Bar, and Cafe Ventana. Also, in random places around the city, you have Park Avenue Coffee in Lafayette Square, Benton Park Cafe on Arsenal and Lemp, The Mud House on Cherokee Street, and Comet Coffee on Oakland. Each establishment has something a little different to offer its patrons. I would highly recommend taking some time out to try the different, local coffee shops that St. Louis has to offer.
Nothing compares to standing underneath the giant trees, surrounded by a beautiful park. St. Louis has so much to offer, but perhaps the most influential in my everyday life is the scenery. Coming from a suburb that has a sidewalk and one bike path, I love exploring the parks around school. The one pictured above is called Concordia Park.
Follow the dirt path off of Fontbonne’s campus and it will lead you to this stunning park. At the time I went, spring flowers were blooming. Nature was attempting to shake off the winter blues. The small park has beautiful trees, flowers, and much more. The park is always filled with dogs playing catch, picnics, and people relaxing. All this is happening, but the park makes you feel like it is just you standing underneath the tall trees.
Across the street there is a Kaldi’s Coffee that perfects the mood. Taking a stroll never felt so relaxing with a cup of coffee in your hand and a nice park. Convenient and beautiful, Concordia park happens to be one of my favorite parts of St. Louis.