Colorado’s Quintessential Coffee House

All right, now for a bit more local advertising. R&R Coffee, tucked away in the heart of Black Forest (just outside of Colorado Springs), is one of my favorite homes away from home. It’s one of those friendly little places you hope to find whenever you wander through a town or community you’ve never visited, and I would recommend it if you’re ever in the neighborhood. Being a coffee house and all, they’re doing quite well for themselves even with other Mom and Pop stores dropping like stones. A strong reputation and stronger coffee have earned them a well-established standing in the area, and I am grateful that they have stuck around for so long.

The coffee and food are very high-quality, better than anything I have seen from Starbucks.

The foundation of their whole business, of course, is their customer service. I am glad to tell you that it has been consistently excellent in the 3-4 years I have been a patron. They’re your friends, and as soon as you walk in the door you’re greeted with a smile. One of the real charms of the employees is that they remember regular customers — by name and by whatever they usually order.

Heck, they even have hooks for the daily patrons to hang their mugs! Now that’s what I call trust.

Better yet, a number of local artists get to hang their works on the walls, and sell paintings when possible.

If only I had the cash, I’d rather like that waterfall painting.

As I understand it, they can also do book signings and live music.

The store is about to undergo a pretty significant change, too: at the end of the summer, they’re moving across the street to a larger building in what is now a lumber yard. I have a feeling business will pick up, but if you get the chance, drop by while they’re still in the smaller building, and enjoy the warm, quiet charm. R&R lives up to its name, and it is definitely worth a look.

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Colorado’s Ideal Coffee Shop; An Editor for Your Manuscript; the PPWC

Well, here’s an odd little post. Two slightly-related-but-not-really subjects. Think of them as a bit of local advertising, related to two of the most essential things of life: writing and coffee.

If you’re ever in the region of Black Forest CO, and need some coffee served with a smile, look no further than R&R Coffee and Cafe.

http://www.rnrcoffeecafe.com/

One of the friendliest businesses you’ll ever know. [[I’ll post pictures of the place when I can.]] I’ve been on very good terms with the family that owns it for a couple of years, and they’re kind enough to let me write for long periods of time whenever I can visit.

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As for editing, you need look no further than Bree Ervin. I will be hiring her to look over my own novel once it is finished. With sharp wit, experience, and incredible professionalism, she has quickly established herself as a great consultant-for-hire for writers. In addition to being an editor, she also acts as a publicist, marketer, blogger, and a lover of twisted fairy tales and writer of zombie flash fiction. I recommend her blog, if you want to see her at work:

http://thinkbannedthoughts.wordpress.com/

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Either one would be terrific if you plan on attending the Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2012. Creativity and the whispers of a reinvigorated muse will find you in the friendly atmosphere of Black Forest and R&R (just half an hour’s drive away from the Marriott where the PPWC will take place), and you can experience Ervin’s humor and charm personally at the conference, where she will be teaching a workshop and offering all kinds of advice.

Hope you all have a pleasant day!