Coffee Beans & Daydreams

Here or There? Well…I Choose Everywhere.

Dropping the kids off at school, I know that the stress of the day before is still lingering. I want nothing more than to unwind and get lost for a bit.

Resetting is essential to everyone. Some find their “zen” through Yoga, some find it through nature. I am unbiased with what works for you as long as it works. I for one find solace in two things. Reading and a nice strong cup of coffee, or in some cases a cup of Chai Tea.

Who says you only have one life? Have you not ever picked up a book sweetie? I have, and let me tell you, I have been places you cant even fathom.

Reading is a means to get lost into a fantasy land where the stress is nonexistent, and the world you are now in is in the authors hands. There are no decisions to make, no crisis to take care of, only the journey from page to page. I know within my soul that reading not only opens your mind to new dimensions, but it also causes your mind to become more in tuned to the world around us. It helps us evolve into the people we long to be.

Finding a relaxing setting is essential. Luckily I have both an amazing Bookstore as well as Coffee shop at my disposal. Where the vibes are calm, and the setting is Old World Industrial with a dash of Mediterranean Charm.

Reading is for de-stressing, the coffee is just to keep me sane!

Coldwater Books is one of the most charming stores in my hometown. Even before you walk inside, the bright doors and terrace with seating takes you to a fantasy land. Pushing through the double doors, the smell of fresh coffee and baked goods invites you in. Immediately all is right in the world, especially with the rows of books that surround you. There is nothing more calming than the atmosphere they have created here.

The two story open concept allows it to be breathtaking while showing you the vast amount of books, paintings, and so much more they have to offer. From author book signings, to music, and yes even some holiday themes, they are always looking for ways to bring the community in house. They also take pride in local authors and are always looking for new talents to showcase.

Grab a seat and get lost in a story

If you are looking for a new book, or are wanting to kickstart your day with some Java and a muffin, then ColdWater Books is the right place. Such a deserving place for my charismatic hometown of Tuscumbia, Alabama. Drop in at 101 W 6th St, Tuscumbia Al 35674, and leave the stress of yesterday at the blue doors.

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Author: Mary Swinney

Growing up in the Tri-Cities the love I had for the area tilted more towards how Id love to leave, rather than to see what the area had to offer. I didn't want to see at the time just how enchanting my hometown was. As soon as the chance arose my family and I made our way to Rhode Island. Once there we made some amazing life long friends, who took us in, and showed us just how proud they were of their state. It may be the smallest of all the states, but it was packed with charm and adventure. Each week we were visiting new restraunts, meeting new people, and visiting so many areas that I had only dreamed of. The residents were so proud of what they all had built together that it made me realize just how much I had missed out on back home. I have always been proud of my Southern Roots and I vowed that if God ever brought me back to my hometown I would make it my mission to explore the best it had to offer. I have been back for two years and have fallen in love with so many places. It is my mission now to bring my small town back to life and spread the word on how charming the Tri-Cities truly is.

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