Did you know that when you drink a cup of coffee, certain brains cells send out microstrands of neurotransmitters which connect to similar cells?
Whether or not this drives people to increase their reading speeds and information memory capacity is being debated, but in the histroric Mount Vernon Cultural District of Baltimore City, both coffee and reading are causing a boom in local business.
Warm caramel macchiatos, frothy hot chocolate, and books (yes, books) are warming the hearts of residents, students, and visitors of historic Mount Vernon with the recent opening of two Starbucks coffeehouses- 1 intermingled with a Barnes and Noble bookstore now servicing the University of Baltimore and the surrounding community.
The smaller of the two, located at 1209 North Charles Street, is a cozy, intimate coffehouse with friendly baristas serving up the ventis along a host of assorted bagles and gourmet quick-grabs. The free music wi-fi seems infectious in the urban environment and draws workers, students, readers and artists of all shapes and sizes to this compact coffehouse.
The second location, The University of Baltimore’s new Barnes & Noble bookstore just behind the Lyric Operahouse at West Mount Royal and West Oliver streets, also offers a Starbucks location with quiet nooks for students to study, rows of reading materials, gourmet treats, snacks, and even small toiletries on sale to its customers.
With books and periodicals on countless subjects, this airy additon to the university’s expanding campus offers local facilty, students, and residents a toasty new place to stimulate freezing brains during this year’s winter blast. The baristas are fast and efficient, yet seemingly aware of the importance of robust flavor. Although this location also offers free Wi-Fi, it remains serene oft times, and is a great place to retreat to for a broader view or quiet corner to read in silence.
So, whether its the sedcutive scent of a fresh White Mocha Frappuccino you seek, or a Candewick book on The History of Vampires, with Mt. Vernon’s two new added attractions in its brewing cultural kettle, your winter quests for books and coffee are now that much more possible. Grab your iPad and your backpack and escape your cabin fever.