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Odd Woman In – Drinking in a Late Night Coffee Bar…

Odd Woman In – Drinking in a Late Night Coffee Bar…

Odd Woman In – Drinking in a Late Night Coffee Bar…

I am aware I whine a bit about being the only person not drinking. In a bar, at a party, at a wedding, on a boat – sometimes I feel like Dr. Seuss.  I do not drink it, Mare I am. But I am also ready to stand up and shout when I experience the wonders of recovery.

 

Coffee Bar Chanteuse…

Flint gets a bad rap. I was there last night to see my friend Annie sing in a bar. It was a bit disorienting, because I was in the heart of downtown and it was cool and artsy and sophisticated. Nothing you read about in the news. Carrie and I found the venue, Good Beans Café on a Flint backstreet, nestled among partially gentrified storefronts and green space. It was housed in a turn of the century building, with a-rose-in-Spanish-Harlem sort of cutting garden skirting the periphery.

 

We were in a bar, so I ignored the name and assumed it would be another setting where I was the odd woman out. I sidled up to the barkeep to order a gassy water. Low and behold, in place of the usual top shelf no-nos, there was an array of herbal tea options and coffee flavorings with pumps. What?

 

In the three years I have been in recovery, I have never been to a late night coffee bar. Even after all I have read about dry pubs in London, non-alcoholic dance clubs and college town poetry-slams at dry bars. What a revelation!

 

It was a great night. I was buzzed on too much caffeine and Annie’s talent. She was in her element. A smoky voiced chanteuse, doing “Mack the Knife” old school. And I was in my element. Great entertainment, good friends and art hung salon style on cracked plaster walls.

 

penny lane

On the wall (I WANT this) “Penny Lane” by Jennie Lynn

 

And no alcohol to tiptoe around.

 

Odd woman in…

 

Today I’m not drinking because I am exploring the late night, alcohol-free options…

Annie sober bar

Annie in her element – doing “My Way”…

How come you’re not drinking?

 

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Comments (8)

  1. Annie Ope r
    Aug 13, 2016

    Thanks Marilyn. That was very nice. I knew you would like the place. I love it! I I don’t know if yoo got his contact info, but I am sending this to Ken.

    • evie
      Aug 14, 2016

      Miss Annie, thank you for being a nice friend to Miss Marilyn. She is super lucky to have you. It can be super hard to move far away from home and start all over. Making friends can be really hard.
      Are kids allowed I’m bars like that? I wish I could have heard you sing. I hope.when you left you got to look at the stars because there has been a really special meteor event.
      Thank you again for being a good friend to my friend.

    • Marilyn
      Marilyn
      Aug 19, 2016

      Great sober fun.
      XXXOOO
      M

  2. The Good Beans Cafe
    Aug 14, 2016

    You’re the best, thanks for the kind review. Please come and recover anytime!

    • Marilyn
      Marilyn
      Aug 19, 2016

      I’m going to stop in whenever I’m in Flint – great place!
      XXOOO
      M

  3. Jennie Moench
    Aug 18, 2016

    Thank you so much! I video the event and did the paintings of the, ‘Flint Famous’, that hang on the walls in the anti-room. It’s nice to have options, huh?

    • Marilyn
      Marilyn
      Aug 19, 2016

      Are you the artist? I love your work.
      XXXOOO
      M

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