For our Explore Columbus Assignment, my mentees Bella Miller and Gia Vega and I chose to walk over to a cafe called “Coffee Connections of Gateway”. This cafe is in a little nook by the Gateway movie theater right off of Ohio State’s campus. The courtyard area in front of the movie theater has little shops and restaurants with beautiful twinkling lights that hang above the cozy area. None of us had ever been to this location or knew that there was a coffee shop here so we decided this location would be worth learning about.
Because one of my mentees was home for the weekend and coming back Sunday afternoon, we decided to go to the coffee shop around 6 pm that night. We met in the lobby of Smith Steeb and walked over to the coffee shop. Daylights savings time had just started that day and we were surprised at how early it was even though it felt so late! We joked about how our winter coats were still at home as we shivered and walked. We caught up with each other and talked about the differences between fall and spring semesters. For example, autumn semester assignments usually start out slow due to it being a new school year, freshmen, and lots of activities. In contrast, spring semester usually kicks off pretty quickly. I think this might have helped them feel a little more prepared for next semester.
Once we got to the cafe, we walked inside and realized it was very aesthetically pleasing. The area was very white with wood emphasis, soothing lights, and cute decorations. It felt very cozy because it was a pretty small room. One girl was working at the counter and we were the only people in the cafe. She told us to have a look at the menu which was a black wall with chalk-like writing on it. We looked it over and enjoyed looking at the little souvenirs they had while we waited for her to come back. When she did, Bella and I ordered a berry smoothie and Gia ordered a coffee. The barista was very nice and welcoming to us and we all talked together about what years in school we are and about Ohio State. She chatted with us a bunch and it was really calming! I like how tiny coffee shops are a lot more personal with their staff connecting to customers. She talked about how it was ironic that she didn’t like coffee but she worked at a coffee shop! We thought that was pretty funny.
We took a seat in one of the booths nearby and started chatting more about what was going on recently. They both have been having a good semester so far and we talked about the great parts about college like friends and experiences and freedom, and the not so nice parts like stress and midterms. When our drinks were ready, we went up to the counter to receive them. We all agreed that they were delicious and decided we would definitely come back. We sat back down at the booth and continued catching up with each other while also simply getting to know each other a little better. We talked about family, pets, activities, clubs, boyfriends, and school. We all agreed that with Thanksgiving being so late, finals week would be challenging and that we wouldn’t have a whole lot of time to prepare. After talking for about an hour, we took our selfie and walked back to the dorm!
I think this was a great location for our explore columbus. Even though it was so close to us, I think it was a great way to learn about the things we might overlook in our own location. I think this cafe will also serve as a great study spot in years to come because we all really loved the aesthetics, coziness, and drinks. It was also very quiet which would make a great place for studying.
I highly recommend this coffee shop to anyone looking for a hidden little gem nearby Ohio State. It’s a very cute and relaxing coffee shop. Because I have never been there other than a Sunday night, I’m not sure if it gets much busier on weekdays or mornings. Either way, they had great staff and amazing drinks! The decor and theme of the shop was picture worthy and we really enjoyed looking at all of the decor. I would recommend getting there a little before 6 if planning on studying, because they close at 7pm. Overall, it was a great experience and we all hope to return – next time with winter coats!