Known as a hot spot for writers, I visited the Coffee Commissary in West Hollywood. I wanted to breathe in the atmosphere and partake of not only the coffee, but also the ambiance conducive for expert wordsmiths.
Upon arriving, I parked by a meter directly in front of the coffee shop. I immediately walked inside to exchange my $5.00 bill for some quarters and was warmly welcomed by the staff. When I explained why I needed the quarters, a friendly staff member dressed handsomely in a red bowtie said that free parking was available around the corner. He invited me to come back in and settle down once I had parked. I felt very much at home.
When I returned, I asked what type of drink was their specialty. Once I heard the name “cinnamon cappuccino,” I was sold. Only good things can come from the combination of cinnamon and cappuccino. I was not disappointed. (See insert for the picture of the drink.)
As I observed my surroundings, I found everything to be neat and orderly bordering on a minimalist decor. With a rustic yet modern feel accentuated by the blending of wood and metal elements, I felt like I was caught somewhere between an old-western film and the latest sci-fi picture. Few seats were available inside, and most of them were already taken, so I made my way outside.
I sat outside and within my view were five people with MacBooks who were typing away on their latest project, I’m sure. Two additional people also had laptops and were focused as they typed to the chatter and life-filled sounds filling the nearby streets. Still, two others hid behind their books, as alternate worlds unfolded in their minds.
At the table next to me, I couldn’t help but overhear the conversation of the gentleman and two ladies. They were discussing a script for a movie. They were coming up with characters and background information. Only in Hollywood.
I decided to capture my time at the Coffee Commissary by working on some writing of my own while sipping my delicious cappuccino. Halfway through my cappuccino, I felt an extra surge of energy and quickly utilized this jolt to get more writing done.
I returned my mug before I left and was quickly told, “Thanks for coming in.” The Coffee Commissary is a welcoming yet uncluttered space that will allow your mind to imagine and create.