the beginning of something grand

This morning, because i was going to have to drive to work, I decided to make it bearable by leaving EARLIER and stopping halfway (get through that clog of traffic in L5P) at the NEW DANCING GOATS COFFEE SHOP! Dancing Goats is the first business to open in the Ponce City Market scheme, a project to convert the former Sears Building cum City Hall East complex to a massive, possibly the most massive, commercial, residential and recreational complex. The coffee shop is on the southwest corner of the block, at North Ave and Glen Iris, they’ve only been open a few weeks.

Now coffee-shop-visiting can be a dilemma for me, I don’t really have much to give (I can’t afford to buy coffee every morning) but I still like to spread my love around. Our most local establishment, Hodge Podge is probably most deserving of my love and they do serve the same coffee as Dancing Goats, Batdorf & Bronson. But lately I’ve been craving a new hip scene and this slick new establishment in one of the auxiliary buildings of the former City Hall East complex proved to be just the spot.

The establishment can be appreciated on many levels. But most remarkable I find that while it is part of the exciting Ponce City Market scheme, we are all in love with the centerpiece, the Sears building, and the auxiliary buildings are fairly unexciting. In fact, the gas pumps that formerly sat under the awning that is now Dancing Goats’ patio/living room are not long gone as you can see from the googlemaps image below:

so it is nothing short of amazing and awesome that they have turned THAT space, into this:

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