Woodlawn Cycle Cafe

Woodlawn Cycle Cafe

Birmingham has a new coffee shop, and it melts my California-hipster-millennial heart. 

Enter: Woodlawn Cycle Cafe. Thanks to Birmingham local, Jessica Furniss, I discovered the Woodlawn Cycle Cafe shortly after it had opened. The food is majorly delicious, and the interior design is on point.  It’s a quiet place for hanging out or doing work.  From what I hear the coffee is also amazing, which doesn’t surprise me because they sell MadCap Coffee.  

I really loved the whole vibe of the place. The couple of times I went it seemed like everyone knew each other, which I love in a coffee shop… locally supported and a welcoming environment. 

According to AL.com owner, Armand Margjeka, "Cycle Cafe is a concept that very softly revolves around Bicycle culture. It's really a destination point for cyclists, but it does not mean it's only for cyclists." He and part-owner, Kyle Campbell, are leasing the space from REV Birmingham, “an economic development organization that stimulates business growth and improves quality of life in Birmingham, Alabama’s City Center and its Neighborhood Commercial Centers,” (according to its website).  Woodlawn Cycle Cafe is located in the Woodlawn area of Birmingham, where the high-school-sports-inspirational movie, Woodlawn, also takes place. Birmingham has seen a resurgence of businesses in the past couple of years and seems to only be growing.  It’s exciting to live in Birmingham right now where small and large businesses alike are popping up everywhere. 


Woodlawn Cycle Cafe, 5530 1st Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama 35212. February 12, 2016 | Fuji x100s + iPhone 6

coffee shop diaries | cafe 4

The kind of lovely thing about dating a man in grad school is the abundance of study dates.  I really love working and reading in coffee shops.  It's even at the top of my list of activities to do while traveling.  So lucky me, Lance likes to read and work in coffee shops as well.  Perfect pair, no? When he came to visit we went to Cafe 4 to do some work.  It's such a great place!  It's located in the foyer of Neighborhood Church in Castro Valley.  I really love the drinks they offer as well as the variety of sitting areas.  Lance and I chose a large table to spread out all our computers and books.  Even though we spent most of the day there working, it was some good quality time.  Some of the things I miss out on having a long distance relationship is experiencing everyday life with him.  I cherish the normal activities.  Plus I love working, so it killed two birds with one stone.

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Cafe 4 20600 John Drive Castro Valley, CA 94546

charleston | collective coffee

the Coffee CollectiveI found myself in Charleston while they were having some "interesting" weather.  Aside from discovering my outbound flight was canceled, I learned that the city of Charleston wasn't accustomed to any "extreme" weather.  So that Wednesday morning (due to icy conditions) an unexpectedly closed bridge kept Jensine and me in the cozy little suburb where she lives.  Always finding the silver lining, we took advantage of our change in plans to tackle some work.  While she studied coffee I edited.  We went to Collective Coffee and spent most of the morning there.  I devoured a breakfast bagel and a (freakin) delicious bowl of soup.  Naturally, I loved the industrial/woodsy feel of the coffee shop.  If I were to have a studio, I imagine it'd feel something like this.  I enjoyed working in this space and actually got a lot of work done while I was there.  Cheers.

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Collective Coffee 766 South Shelmore Boulevard Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Check out the rest of my Charleston adventure here.