This post is a shout out to a little coffee shop in Smyrna, Tennessee called Carpe Cafe. I recently delivered a portrait to a client in Smyrna, and since it was lunch time, I decided to search for some local restaurants. I have a hard time resisting the charms of quaint little coffee shops, so when Carpe Cafe popped up on the list, I had to check it out. I'm not qualified, nor am I interested in being a restaurant reviewer, but I will say this, It was good!
The cafe makes a large variety of drinks that will accommodate most any tastes. We were recommended to try a butterbeer flavoring in our lattes, and it was magical! The food at coffee shops can sometimes be very simple, but Carpe Cafe has a large variety of sandwiches and side items. I thoroughly enjoyed their corn chowder soup of the day! When you're done with lunch, you should try one of their fresh baked sweets. It was all delicious, and to be honest, writing about it is making me pretty hungry.
The atmosphere is charming with crafty furnishings and colorful wall art. They actually converted a small piano into a side station for water and utensils! Now tell me that isn't a cool idea?! They also have a mailbox set up specifically for people to write letters to active military troops. You place your letter in the box and Carpe Cafe does the rest. This gesture alone makes me a fan.
Carpe Cafe is connected with Carpe Artista, a non-profit organization that supports the local art community. Being an artist myself, I believe groups like Carpe Artista are an important asset to the community as a whole. Art is more than just pretty pictures, it's a method of communication that makes us think about important issues, and see the world from different perspectives. I applaud organizations that strive to make our art communities better. Bravo! So, If you are ever in Smyrna looking for a quick bite and a coffee jolt, seize the opportunity to visit Carpe Cafe.
For more information on Carpe Cafe and Carpe Artista visit http://carpeartista.net/.
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