When I can, I like my reading retreats like my collection of chained basement mimes: varied and quiet.
Today’s cove: Homer’s Coffee House – 7126 West 80th Street, Overland Park, KS 66204
Homer’s keeps bringing me back, yet rationally, it should not. The black coffee only is okay; the coffee drinks are adequate at best (they have a powdery, grainy texture); the pastries taste like grandma’s…if grandma worked at a Hostess factory; and most of the time the entire building has a gross cat box smell…sorry, cat LITTER smell…to it that can be tough to combat (if the place actually smelled like a cat box, I’d expect more coffee drinking male cats in the crowd).
Homer’s was originally established as as a ministry of KC Christian Business Men’s Connection so consequently it caters to a Christian demographic, which is fine, but it does make it more difficult to block out surrounding conversations. This is nothing against Christianity, just a comment on how difficult it can be to ignore any topic toting such emotional baggage.
If I had to deduce my reasons for returning as regularly as I do, I’d credit the couches. This place has two of the most comfortable, early 80′s era sofas I’ve ever had the pleasure of spilling coffee in. Strange, though, that no matter how crowded the building may be, these couches are usually available. Perhaps the cat litter smell emanates from them, which is why 1) I always smell cat pee, and 2) nobody sits there. I’ll bet people laugh when I get up to leave. As long as I have my couple hours of reading time, I’m okay with stinking of urine.
UPDATE: I stopped in yesterday for a quick read. To my delight, the cat litter smell was nowhere to be sniffed. Fingers crossed that the source has been addressed, and that I didn’t simply stop by post-Febreeze dusting.
Rankings out of 10:
|Smoking accommodations||3||Two shady areas, but minimal seating. Also, smoking garners strange looks from the conservative clientele.|
|Furniture comfort||8||Two of the softest couches this side of your parents’ basement|
|Quiet level||6||Conversation is at a high, here. However, the music is usually soft and instrumental, which makes for a low level of distraction.|
|Temperature comfort||7||On nice days, the doors are open to encourage a breeze. Other times, things are nicely controlled.|
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