Minding Your Own Business

Beyoncé released her amazing visual album at the beginning of 2016 that had each and every woman in this world craving Lemonade like crazy, but are we back to sipping our tea yet or has lemonade become the new thing? I’m not sure what’s going on but I do have something for all of you to sip on and the tea of the day happens to be ‘Minding Your Own Business.’

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Small Town Summers In Kalamazoo, MI: Fourth Coast Café

I actually discovered this hidden, 24-hour café known as Fourth Coast Café a few weeks IMG_0261ago when I had a meeting here about a job opportunity.

I’ve been going back pretty much every other day since! The café is literally an embodiment of Kalamazoo culture, and I love it.

The excellent choices of coffee shop music, the picturesque feel of the café, and the hipster-type crowd of people that fill the small space makes it a comfortable, homey chill spot. Whether you want to do homework, catch up with friends, or grab a coffee, Fourth Coast Café is the place to go.

And my favorite part – as I mentioned before – is that it’s open 24 hours!

IMG_0241The café has been serving Kalamazoo residents for the past 20 years. They have a diverse selection of coffees, lattes, teas, artisan breads, vegan and organic desserts, and a full selection of baked goods. My personal favorites are the chai tea latte and their blueberry muffins!

Fourth Coast Café is located at 816 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008. Check it out sometime!

Small Town Summers in Kalamazoo, MI: Caffe Casa

Caffe Casa is a quaint, little café in downtown Kalamazoo that offers an array of gourmet espresso drinks, teas, fresh baked pastries, cookies and bagels. Or if you’re craving something savory, they also have a great selection of hearty homemade soups, sandwiches and wraps, vegetarian offerings, and custom salads with a selection of homegrown seasonal organic greens.

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Sounds delicious, right?!

The café is owned by John and Kathy Beebe, and it’s been in business since 1992. John is known for working the espresso machine and having an impressive collection of plants. Kathy is very talented in the kitchen, and is famous for her delectable baked goods.

This café is one of Kalamazoo’s many gems that I discovered this past weekend, and it’s definitely one of my new favorite places to grab a cup of chai tea, or to just sit and read on a quiet summer afternoon. I love the aesthetic and the rustic vibes of the café from the plants, to the artwork that decorates the walls that are made by local artists.

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Caffe Casa is located at 128 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo MI 49007. Their hours are Mon.-Fri. 7am-6pm and Sat. 8am-6pm.

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