After shopping for Christmas presents at Mass Ave Toys,
I stopped in at the Starbucks across the street from the store for
some hot coffee, well, really, for one of my favorite foo-foo coffee drinks,
The place was busy with customers, shoppers and residents from
the surrounding neighborhood.
The place was warm and dark, one of the numerous businesses
that inhabit the restored storefronts in the area. I think the neighborhood's
success is due in great part to the fact that the brick, mortar and wood
are to human scale, where people don't feel as anonymous as they
might in the bigger, slick constructions just a few blocks away.
I liked the light fixtures in the coffee shop, with their light cord
wound on old wooden pulleys.
Yesterday's rainstorm brought a cold front, accompanied
by the season's first snowfall. People and their cars all trod carefully
on the frozen walks and streets, many finding shelter in the numerous
restaurants and pubs in the neighborhood. The Old Point Tavern,
at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Alabama Street,
is a standby, the second-oldest pub in Indy.
The line of red lights at the left mark Mass Ave Toys,
while sculptor Julian Opie's electronic dancing woman
marks the corner.