Hot List: Coffee!

Winter has officially arrived! There are few things the Hello Homes team loves more than a warm cup of coffee (Ok, maybe more than one some days). Where do we go to get our favorite cup of joe? Our HOT LIST will lead the way. Maybe we will see you there!

The Sparrows

This Eastown staple has quirky names on its menu (The Ex-Boyfriend is my personal fave), a chill vibe, and doesn’t break the bank. Also, the windows are always mysteriously steamy so there MUST be something warm going on there.

LanternLantern Coffee Bar and Lounge

Lantern is fairly new to the GR coffee scene but you wouldn’t know it by the taste. They make delicious cups of coffee and tea and are centrally located in the Heartside district of downtown. Wood tables and chairs give this place a relaxed and trendy feeling, perfect for casual or business meetings. It is a unique space because most of the seating is found on the lower level, which gives it a cozy, “underground” feel. And, they support local art!

Madcap Coffee

If you don’t know Madcap, then allow us to officially rock your coffee world! Madcap is everything a coffee shop should be with floor-to-ceiling windows, music, concrete tables, and one-of-a-kind drinks. They offer exotic teas, exquisite pour-over coffee, and a fresh, private coffee label with numerous types of blends. Madcap isn’t where you go to get a grande-double-no whip-skinny-hazelnut-without water-extra foam latte. No. This is REAL coffee. You’ll thank us later (preferably in Madcap gift cards).

Mayan Buzz Cafe

We like to think of Mayan Buzz as our little secret, but we know that won’t be true for long. Slightly hidden on Grandville Ave, this place has an extensive menu and it truly offers the flavor you crave without the high price tag. Plus, there’s a huge concrete fireplace and comfy furniture. Before you know it, one hour turns into a whole morning of productive-ness… and coffee. Or facebook-ing…. and coffee. Whatever you prefer to call it!

There you have it! You can often find us setting up shop at one of these exceptional establishments to get some work done. Give them a try! You don’t be disappointed.

Honorable Mention: Rowster New American Coffee, Clique Coffee Bar, The Bitter End Coffeehouse, Starbucks in the Amway Grand Plaza

Photo Credit: Lantern Coffee Bar and Lounge’s Instagram Account @LanternCoffeeBar

How to Enjoy the Last Days of 2015 in Grand Rapids

It is not uncommon to have a whirlwind of holiday family, friend, and work obligations to make the last several days of the year blend together into a slightly hazy mix of tinsel and tins of cookies. Here are some relaxing things you can do in Grand Rapids before the year is over to have a few final pleasant
memories of 2015.

  • Take a Carriage Ride through downtown Grand Rapids to Rosa Parks Circle Treesee all the lights and the beautiful tree!
  • Ice Skate at Rosa Parks Circle (weather dependent).
  • Take a Tour of Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World at Frederik Meijer Gardens.
  • Hike the Blandfold Nature Trail (this is a little more magical with a fresh coat of snow on the ground).
  • Stay toasty by the fire while overlooking the lake and enjoying a drink or meal at Rose’s or Bostwick Lake Inn.
  • Check out the Holiday Planetarium Show at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.
  • Take an evening drive to tour a few of Grand Rapids many beautiful neighborhoods to see their light displays (hopefully everyone has power by now). Pick up some ice cream from Furniture City Creamery or some coffee from Rowster to make the drive a little more cozy.

Please let us know if you have any other helpful suggestions. Whatever you end up doing with the end of your year, please enjoy them and be safe! Happy Holidays!

*Photo credit to MLive.com