I found a great one today in Midtown called JoStella. A dear friend told me about this place and so we went in late on a Saturday afternoon so I could check it out! (I usually avoid this section of town because of the road construction, so I almost missed this little gem!)
It’s located on the corner of St. Lawrence Avenue and South Virginia Street in a brick building right in the heart of Midtown. It has a very warm and welcoming vibe from the moment you step inside. I must have a thing for chai lattes because that seems to be what I order whenever I try a new coffee shop! This chai was the best I have ever had in my life! Not only was it beautiful on the outside (superficial, yes) but it also has a great personality.
But seriously.... from the moment it was handed to me (in a delightfully simple, cute cup) the aroma captivated me! There’s something gorgeous and sweet-smelling that sits atop the foam (cinnamon? nutmeg? Can someone help me out here?) The drink itself was so creamy and flavorful and warmed my insides and my mood, as only a stellar chai can.
But let’s talk about the ambiance of this cafe..
There’s plenty of seating, and if you’re a people-watcher like me or an I-don’t-want-my-back-vulnerable-to-anyone kind of person (also like me), then plant yourself in one of the two big armchairs immediately across from the front door when you walk in. That’s where I sat and it gave me a good view of most of the interior as well as a window onto the goings-on outside. (orange construction cones or fascinating people on their way from point A to point B, depending on what you choose to notice)
If you didn’t bring anything to keep you occupied, they've thoughtfully provided a bookshelf with games, puzzles and books to keep your brain cells from dying.
There’s also beautiful local photographers and artists featured on the wall with amazing scenery from our very own backyard.
I can totally curl up here with a good book or a good friend and spend a few hours of quality time. They offer loyalty punch cards and online ordering to skip the lines (a la Starbucks mobile ordering).
I also love that JoStella is named for the owner’s beloved grandfather, Joseph Stella. In addition to a variety of drinks, JoStella also features food and pastries, including build-your-own bagel sandwiches (which I will be back in the future to enjoy)... back to the future.. heh.
All in all, a lovely place to spend some time. Go check them out today!
Open everyday from 7 am to 5 pm (or 6 pm on Friday & Saturday)