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6 of Dallas’ Best Spots for a Casual Coffee Date

Meeting up with a new guy or girl can be daunting – especially if it is a first date. So before committing to an drawn-out meal or a lengthy, potentially expensive night out, test the waters at a cozy local coffee shop. That way, there’s no pressure if the connection isn’t right. But you also can feel free to stay and talk for hours if the conversation keeps flowing. One of Dallas’ many coffee shops is the perfect atmosphere for getting to know someone without the weight of a full date.

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Drink This Now: Black Hat Coffee from Mercat Bistro

Some mornings, as Edith Piaf might say, you want La Vie en Rose. You want sunlight spilling through windows, that undefinably sweet, relaxed atmosphere of a Parisian cafe, and something barely chic—just a little touch of luxury. You want a black cat coffee at Mercat Bistro.

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Downtown Gets New Coffee Shop/Bookstore

Anne Holcomb spent some time in Argentina, where she fell in love with the bookstores and coffee shops. “They were very much my touchstones in a foreign land,” she says. When she left Argentina, she moved to Dallas, where she thought she’d be a theater teacher. But she came to Dallas in the middle of a recession, and things didn’t go as planned. She worked at a furniture store, and got into meditation. That’s where she met John Walsh. And that’s when they hatched the idea to start a business together.

On Halloween, Holcomb and Walsh (who haven’t given themselves titles yet, but we’ll call them the owners/managers) opened Serj Books, downtown Dallas’ newest coffee shop/bookstore. The small space, near the Saint Paul DART stop, is quaint. There’s a large bar where Holcomb and Walsh create drinks, a few tables with paper and crayons on top to encourage doodling, wood-paneled walls holding books, and signage with the Joke of the Day listed alongside Soup of the Day (try the chili, Holcomb’s recipe).

When you walk in, you’re immediately greeted by Walsh, who is eager to tell you the joke of the day. (What do you call bears without shoes? Barefoot.) Be prepared to hang out for a minute—it’s a slow bar. Take a look at the books, which is a varied collection, including children’s books, pop culture, cooking books, and a book by local publisher Deep Vellum. Holcomb says the collection is something that will evolve as the shop evolves.

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Murray Street Coffee May Pour Its Last Cup on Monday

Murray Street Coffee posted a Facebook message tonight:

Landlord just popped a big, ugly surprise on us. We need to sell a bunch of $50 or $100 coffee cards to stay open. Immediately. Wanna help? If we don’t sell enough cards, we’ll refund your money…

I reached out to owner Doug Davis to verify the situation. “I only just learned about this today at 3 or 4 p.m.” Davis explains. The shop’s landlords dropped off a letter yesterday when neither him nor his wife (and co-owner), Liz were working. “She was excited when she saw it today, she thought it was circus tickets or something,” he said. Not quite.

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Hypnotic Donuts & Cultivar Coffee Open New Denton Location

Denton residents will be elated to know that a new Hypnotic Donuts and Cultivar Coffee location is opening at 235 W. Hickory Street. There was an open house this past Sunday, and the official opening is tomorrow, Wednesday, September 3. Cultivar Coffee, voted Best of Big D last year, will operate separately from Hypnotic, but […]

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