It only took a two-day trip to Colorado Springs for me to remember my second-favorite coffee shop in the country -- and considering how much I get around, this is saying something.
You should all totally go visit Jives Coffee Lounge in Old Colorado City. A wonderful little coffee shop nestled in the heart of the town founded back in 1857, a stone's throw in either direction to Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs, nestled in the foothills of Pike's Peak, bound on both sides by tightly packed neighborhoods and on the north side, the Garden of the Gods.
At first entry through the often-open double doors, the brick-walled lounge -- I would not call its rustic nestle against the front range a cafe -- is inviting to a fault. With a broad coffee bar lining the rear, a stage on the right filled with instrument holsters and children's toys, and a cornucopia of tables and changes, each one inviting day or night, with broad open windows letting in the light of the Western sun and open breezes breathing through the mountain air.
See Linsi behind the bar and she'll serve you up a cup for coffee, some great breakfast sandwiches and service with a smile. Settle into one of the chairs and enjoy a book or the quality wi-fi while the sounds of passerby waft in from outside and the smell of the park across the street fills the air. With seats outside and dog bowls for your pets -- common companions in Colorado -- it's wonderful to sit and enjoy the shade of the trees and awnings with an open view of downtown Old Colorado city.
I sat, myself, for three hours yesterday morning and four hours that afternoon, reading my book and dozing, listening to the internet radio they played over the sound system. I couldn't think of many other places I'd rather get lost for a few hours reading.
Known for their coffee and music -- also part of their mission statement -- the shop hosts live music regularly on that same stage in the evenings children were playing with toys in the morning. I have yet to enjoy the performance, but I have friends who have enjoyed the the performances.
If you haven't gone yet and you're in the area, you've missed out on a great gathering spot to relax, converse or otherwise enjoy the evening Colorado air.
I'd say tell them "Christian" sent you, but I doubt they'd remember me. Good night!