For the busy college student or working adult, Cincinnati’s Awakenings Coffee & Tea Company in Hyde Park offers coffee, wine, and other goodies 7 days a week from morning until night. Few Cincinnatians probably know that such a myriad venue exists in the Midwest, tucked away on Erie Street amongst various shopping locations, just one street away from the well-known Dancing Wasabi Sushi Restaurant.
Whether looking for a late night study break, meeting a classy date, or just looking to unwind, Awakenings has it all. The left corner of the restaurant has a chalkboard menu filled with coffee and tea beverages and trays full of bakery items. Step to the right and sample wines and choose from a menu that includes over 500 international wine selections and a variety of coffees and teas. For those that enjoy a variety of wines at once, Awakenings offers nighttime wine tastings on Thursdays-Sundays to sample 4 different wines and accompanying cheese plates from a different area of the world each time.
Awakenings features musical acts on weekend nights, often giving new artists the opportunity to gain exposure by performing at the local café. TomKat and Lala, a folk/rock duo made up of Tom Kappas and Crystal Judge of Cincinnati, Ohio, have performed frequently at Awakenings for several years.
Music isn’t the only entertainment to be enjoyed at Awakenings Cafe. In October 2010, Myles Kapson of Batavia, Ohio, brought Naked Storytelling, his traveling storytelling act, to Awakenings. “In an era where email messages and instant messages seem to slice up our conversations into smaller and smaller sound bites, one Cincinnati group is in hope of reviving the age old art of storytelling,” Kapson said of his Naked Storytelling Group on its website. As part of Naked Storytelling, patrons are offered an open mic opportunity to share stories of their own. “The rules are simple: all stories told from the heart, personal experience…just tell us a story, your story.” Kapson said.
Rounding out the Awakenings experience is an art gallery, featuring 4 new art exhibits every month. Interested artists should contact curator Stan Hertzman at firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
Trish, an employee at Awakenings, says she loves working at a place where “regulars” make up a good percentage of business. “I like that everyone knows each other at Awakenings and that guests are friendly with the staff.” Trish has been at Awakenings for a little over a month and indicates that she loves working in its laid back environment.
Awakenings is open 7 days a week for coffee, wine, tea, and dining. For more information about Awakenings, visit the website at http://awakeningscoffeeandwine.com.