Friday, September 29, 2006

Second Cup Cafe, Wheeling WV

I talk about Second Cup Cafe on here a lot, and Amanda (one of the owners) just told me that if you do a search for Second Cup Cafe, you'll find my blog on there. I wanted to take advantage of that opportunity by telling everyone who stumbles upon this blog looking for information about Second Cup Cafe what a wonderful place this is. I'm frequently found lounging about in Second Cup because it is a very comfortable place with great fair trade organic coffee and the two ladies who own the store are just absolutely wonderful people. (That's a really big run-on sentence and I'm just making it worse by telling you this... sorry.) I pretty much dig the Cafe.

I'm actually in second cup right now with my friends Amanda and KTT. Katie is working, so she can just forget about participating in this little blog ad for 2Cup. Fortunately for you, the Mac comes with a camera... here's a shot of 2 cup today.

This is KTT. She plays Battleship with herself on that really fancy battleship box a lot.


Look at them' comfy couches... that's what I'm sitting on right now.


Here's Jess Amanda at the counter hiding behind the "To-Go" cups.


Here's Jess Amanda... ain't she grand?

JOSHUA: "Amanda, do you want to say anything about 2 Cup?"

AMANDA: "Maybe somehow that there's a corelation between us and [the sit-com] Friends?"

JOSHUA: "Katie, do you want to say anything on here about 2 Cup?"

KATIE: "Uh... [Long pause] it's my office. [Long pause, rifles through papers on table.] I don't know... I haven't thought about it. What should I say about Second Cup?"

JOSHUA: "I don't know whatever you want."

KATIE: [Shuffles papers.] "Can I borrow your pen?"

JOSHUA: "Okay Amanda, we need more than that... anything else?"

AMANDA: "More than what?"

JOSHUA: "More than what Katie said."

AMANDA: "So make her say something?"

JOSHUA: "No you say something"

AMANDA: "Me say something?" [Pause, sniffles] "You could talk about the inspiration of ideas that come up in a coffee shop and then update it every day with information, like today we learned about the sweet potato queen of Jacksonville mississippi." [Giggles] "Oh the creative energy that oozes out of... sorry." [Goes back to reading book.]

KATIE: [Looks up from computer] Did I go somewhere last October?

All that to say, we like Second Cup and if you are anywhere near Market and 8th Street in Wheeling, West Virginia, you should stop by.

22 comments:

KTT said...

Okay, now listen, here is what I really think about 2nd cup. Jessica & Amanda have created an incredibly inviting atmosphere--beyond just the warm tones and comfy furniture. The Barista/owners are delightful, thoughtful, and encouraging to their customers--regular or one-timers. Though come here once, and you'll become a regular!
Plus free wireless internet; fair trade coffee, tea, & chocolate; environmentally friendly cups; local artists' work on the wall; and this month--gourds as centerpieces!

Seriously, can anyone tell me if I went anywhere last October?

Joshua said...

She's so much better at this than I am.

Jim Elek said...

How much do they charge for refills? (or is the second cup free?) How is the espresso? Some people say expresso and I feel like punching them in the face for doing this. Does this make me a coffee snob? I don't care!! If you are going to order a drink, order the right drink!! This wonderful coffee treat is not a freaking dodge neon, it is an eSpresso, not an eXpresso. Go away and talk like a hillbilly somewhere else you freaking eXpresso drinking jerk!! Was it dodge that came out with the espresso? I hate them if they did. If they didn't I love them because I used to own an Omni that was a tank in the snow and got better gas mileage than a freaking mule!! That car was rad, until I smashed it into a tree in an ice storm, drunk!! Whoever knows who made/makes the expresso let me know!! I boycot the hell out of that company for being them!! What the hell happened to your freaking beer journal? GO BROWNS!!

Joshua said...

The story started out with the second cup being free. That's how it used to work, unfortunately, people started taking advantage of it, and pretty much everyone tried to just get loads and loads of free coffee, so now a refill costs something like 50 cents or something. And the pull expresso shots really goodly.

P.S. I miss your old car, but it was nothing like my Protege. Sigh...

Jeremy said...

Josh,
How did you enter that video into your blog. Mom wants to put a video on her "Elek Hollar."

Jeremy said...

Tomorrow Instead of wathing the Browns game i have to go drink some EX-PRESSO's

Mom Elek said...

You should warn people that laws have been enacted in six surrounding counties to ban Jeremy from drinking eSpresso or eXpresso or anything that contains caffeine or sugar. If Jeremy comes to visit you in Wheeling, you will need to alert your legislators so they can get similar laws on your books. At the very least you should post Jer's picture at The Second Cup so they will know to not serve him.

Jim, on the other hand, is allowed coffee. He does not need stimulants for his "expressive" side to come out. In fact, regardless of whow he sounds, Jim is not really opinionated. When he says he feels like punching people, that deoth of emotion does not rise from simple conjecture or opinion. It comes more from Jim's sense of morality. It is more than mere opinion. It comes from Jim's interpretaton of justice. He's very deep...

I'd say its okay to give Jim a cup of coffee - as long is its drip brewed rather than infused. But, you probably don't want Jeremy to even smell the stuff.

Was that all clear? Did I explain myself okay? I just wanted you to understand how Jim and Jer are affected differently, but I don't like being redundant, so I hope you understand what I mean.

Tim 2 said...

I am really confused here, Jim cannot drink infused coffee, only drip and Jer cannot even smell coffee?

What about me? HUH!? What about my needs! No one ever thinks about what I can do, whether it might be sniffing, snorting, or drinking coffee?

Good news is, the Browns are winning, but Jeremy and Josh are talking about playing a board game...I don't like the sound of that. Everyone knows what happens when board games come out...it all starts off really nice and fun, then someone gets upset because all the houses are bought and then the rules come out and people start debating the subtleties of the rule book...its at this point I kinda start to drift off to la la land...

Anonymous said...

All of your photographs are backwards! The text on the magazines, the $ amount on the cash register... the bathroom door is on the wrong wall......everything is flipped horizontally--- Someone scanned your negatives upside down maybe?? Amanda is still just as cute backwards though...

Anonymous said...

This coffee shop is so good that the Washington Ave. shop always looks deserted when I drive by. Also, I heard that they were really putting the screws to the Starsux located in the Kroger store and the run-down mall in St. Clairsville.

Joshua said...

That's because you can't compete with real people who are really invested in their store. I'm in Cleveland right now, and I'm wishing Second Cup was just around the corner. Now, get this right, I'm not wishing there was "A" Second Cup around the corner, I'm wishing "THE" Second Cup Cafe was just around the corner.

Brett Favre said...

The second cup cafe thrives on drama. The second you leave the owners start to talk about you... and sometimes they do it while you're still in the shop. Your best bet is to go to the Starbucks in Kroger or just make some coffee at home.

Joshua said...

Funny that someone would want to accuse two people of saying negative things about people, and hide their identity while doing so. Obviously you feel as if you have been gossipped about at Second Cup and I'm sorry that you feel that way. I suggest that you talk to Jessica and Amanda. They'd be more than willing to hear you out I'm sure. Meanwhile, after having been at Second Cup at least once a week for over a year and a half now, I can honestly say that I haven't heard Jessica or Amanda talking badly about customers after they leave the shop, nor do I hear them talking about customers while customers are there. I'm sorry you disagree, I suggest you grow a set and talk about it in person rather than ranting anonymously on the internet.

Anonymous said...

How about some info about how they ran their "business" into the ground; they let hordes of their hipster friends block the doorway and take up all the couches:

5 people would take over the couch and maybe one would be buying something.

I've seen several occasions in which decent people wanted to go in and spend money but were deterred by what they saw going on.

Joshua said...

How about if you're going to be indecent enough to trash on someone's wrecked dream you wait until your balls have dropped next time. If you're such a tough-guy/gal, why not give a name?

Joshua said...

Did you just say "hipster?" Who are you? Marcia Brady?

Anonymous said...

@Joshua,

How about you wait until you develop some cognitive ability to try to argue with someone online.

Go ahead Keyboard Warrior, I'll anxiously await your next dose of illiterate invective. Sharpen your pixelated crayons.

Anonymous said...

I'll also let you in on some information that will surprise you Joshua; women don't have balls.

Sorry to disappoint you.

Anonymous said...

Hey Josh, Its Mandalyn~ I was thinkn bout you guys & thought I would check youre blog...I just read some of the comments about the Cafe and didnt know someone was writing stuff like that on here. Crazy. I guess some people dont have anything better to do. & since they seem to have such a problem with Jess & me and the way we run our business I hope they dont plan on coming to my new place. I dont like rude people...& trust me, I WILL say that to your face~ Hope all is well!!!

Joshua said...

Yeah, it's funny that someone would use their time to get onto some dude's blog just to trash someone's business. They must have been really emotionally invested in the cafe to have been so upset about it. I miss you guys, good luck with the next one.

Anonymous said...

whoa xD speaking of thriving on drama! thrive away anonymous! well thrive and create perhaps. anyhow...Jess here...heard the buzz about this happenin' site and here I am. thanks for all the kind words Joshua. I totally miss you three!! but everyone has their own experience and views. so theres no need for defending. but I will say this...you meet some incredible people in cafes =) and Im stoked I met you and Katie and the list is endless =) I have no regrets. xoxo

Joshua said...

HAHA!!! Call me a hipster, but I love you guys as well! I'm so glad I got to experience 2nd Cup while I was there. How's that massage therapy school going?