I decided to check out some local coffeehouses to test their writer-friendly capabilities. Though I am now laptop-dependent, I spent years writing in a notebook (quelle horreur!) at the Abbey on Mass Ave. Though the Abbey is long gone and sorely missed, other great caffeine caves exist citywide.
- A sign on the cash register at Mo'Joe
Despite its three-year existence, I only recently discovered Mo’Joe Coffeehouse (222 W. Michigan Street). The space boasts brick-red-, pumpkin-, and dijon-colored walls and a great nighttime view of downtown. Mo’Joe offers free wireless (it takes seconds to set up an account) and their menu includes sandwiches, beer, and wine (triple score!). Original paintings and students in varied stages of studying can be found throughout. Wordsmiffs, an event featuring poetry and live music, begins at 7:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. Call 317-250-6597 to confirm details. Visit www.mojoecoffeehouse.com or call (317) 822-MOJO.
Henry’s on East (627 N. East Street) offers four-person tables, wrought-iron furniture on their patio, free wireless (you need only ask the friendly wait staff for the password), and gorgeous saffron walls. Their oft-changing independent art has included photographs, paintings, and dioramas. Try the California Turkey sandwich with a side of Asian slaw (delicious but onion-y; bring gum). Sadly, Henry’s doesn’t offer poetry events, but it’s still a nice place to sit and write. Tell them I sent you; it might just net you a blank stare but tell them anyway. Visit www.henrysoneast.com and be sure to call (317) 951-0335 for their spring hours.