The eighth grade class at Holy Cross Elementary graduated today and my sister, Emma, was among the happy graduates. Emma received awards in both Reading and Penmanship—however, the coveted creative writing award went to another girl. My attempts to cheer her up – reminding her that Edgar Allan Poe died penniless and Van Gogh killed himself—fell short of doing the job.
So, we changed our clothes, grabbed our dolls and camera, and headed out to enjoy the lovely summer weather. Our destination? The boardwalk in downtown St. Clair. The water shone brilliantly and it was clear enough to see schools of tiny minnows swimming near the seawall. I was surprised by how peaceful it felt.
Afterwards, the two of us headed across the street and visited a few of the shops at the Riverview Plaza. We bought a smiley-faced sugar cookie at a pastry shop and then headed into Sue’s Coffee House for drinks. The coffee house opened up several years ago but this was the first time I had the opportunity to visit and I am glad that we did.
The prices are reasonable and comparable to what you would pay for a drink at a place like Starbucks. They offer a variety of beverages ranging from hot and iced coffees, teas, smoothies, and hot chocolate. They also offer soups, salads, bagels, and pastries. Emma ordered a mango smoothie and I had an iced mocha. Emma’s smoothie tasted absolutely blissful—very rich, thick, and not at all watery. My iced mocha was also very good—presented with chocolate syrup and whipped cream.
The staff of Sue’s Coffee House made the experience all the more pleasant—they were friendly and went out of their way to make you comfortable. The coffee house also offers Internet to their patrons in the form of a couple of computers and free WiFi for laptops. On occasion, the coffee house features live entertainment, open mic nights, bible studies, and a cooking class. It also faces the river, with a few places to sit outside and a very large window to offer a view of passing freighters and sailboats.
If you happen to be in the area, I highly recommend stopping by both the boardwalk and Sue’s Coffee House.