Monday, November 26, 2007

Explore Coventry Village

A few weekends ago, I had the pleasure of spending an entire Saturday evening with my good friend, exploring a few of the funky places located within the east side, boho-chic neighborhood...Coventry Village.

We had dinner at the Mint Cafe (www.mintcafe.org) which included Thai Basil Chicken (extra spicy) and a tropical Mai Tai. The cafe offers dishes from Thailand, all prepared with the leanest cuts of meat, balanced with fresh veggies and spices. Reservations are recommended but only for a parties of two or more.

While we were waiting for our table at The Mint, we stopped into the newer location of Big Fun. Here we were treated to a little magic/card show while we shopped for humorous greeting cards, retro figurines (including E.T., Mr. T, Rambo, The Brady Bunch and Star Wars) and many novelties...candy necklace anyone? For store information, including special holiday hours, call 216.371.4386.

After Big Fun we explored City Buddha (www.citybuddha.com). This store is located in what used to be the Food Co-op, but they have transformed it into a magical shopping destination. Here we bought a wooden ring and a beaded change purse. You could also pick up some amazing silk pillows or bamboo bowls, either would make for great holiday gifts.

After shopping and dinner...but right before dancing the night away at the B-Side... we stopped into the newest location of Phoenix Coffee (old Caribou Coffee) for a cup of caffeine to keep us going strong. We sat in some impeccable vintage upholstered chairs and experienced some truly unique people watching.

Our last stop for the evening, and main reason for our visit (thanks for the invite B&D!) was a concert at the B-Side (www.bsideliquorlounge.com) located at the top of the street. This lounge club is open every night of the week, and offers a diverse range of sights and sounds. Depending on the evening, you may hear neo soul, electro house, mashed up hip-hop or even indie dance rock, but this evening we were there to see Baby DayLiner (www.babydayliner.com) a super 'danceable' one man band. He was awesome!

All in all the evening in Coventry was great...I sort of felt like I had taken a mini-trip out of town, when I had only been a few minutes away from home. For more information on the tastes, shops and sounds of Coventry, visit www.coventryvillage.org

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2 Comments:

Blogger Bella said...

I used to love going to conventry back in the day. Now you've inspired me to check it out again. Thanks.

I checked out Babydayliner but I really don't get it. Am I missing something?

November 27, 2007 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger Charity said...

Bella,
thanks for reading the post! I am thrilled I could inspire you to check out Coventry.

With regards to Baby Dayliner...keep listening, it will grow on you, especially "You Push I'll Go."

:)

November 27, 2007 at 2:38 PM  

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