Macon doesn’t have many good coffee spots. I like Starbucks as much as the next person, but there’s something about a shop with personality that makes me feel more at home.
My favorite coffee shop in Athens closed down right after I began my junior year. It was called Two Story, and it got its name from the way it looked: a little house with two stories right off South Lumpkin Street in Five Points. The coffee was delicious, but that’s not the whole story behind why people liked this place so much.
The big appeal? It’s a house! Walking in felt cozy, like coming home. You could sit on the front porch and watch the world go by. You could lounge in a couch indoors like a lazy cat under a sunny window. Upstairs had study nooks with desks in every room. The back porch, screened in and facing a gravel parking lot, was my favorite spot. Screened in so the bugs couldn’t get ya, but still outdoors. Sitting there while it rained was a favorite leisure activity of mine.
Each space felt special. I think everyone that walked into Two Story thought that. Being away from home, finding a spot that felt cozy and homey was important to me, even up until my junior year when I lived in an actual house. I haven’t found a place like this in Macon (which is probably why I camp out on the couch in my living room so often). Maybe I’ll find my “spot” someday soon, but Two Story will always have a special place in my heart. Even though I don’t live in Athens anymore I am still sad it had to close!