I love going out, being social. It's nice to be at home too, but we Minnesotan's are cooped up all winter, so I try to fill my summertime with funness (FYI: that is a word in my personal dictionary, along with funner).
Over the last year or two, I've become very particular about the venues I attend. I've learned that I like really casual, laid-back, inviting atmospheres. I don't like crazy, loud, crowded, dark environments. It doesn't offend me in any way, I just don't feel all too comfortable, safe, or relaxed there.
I fancy good, live music. Like with instruments and a good vocalist. Not such a fan of "DJ Cool" and his brain-numbing mixes. (I don't actually know a DJ Cool, but isn't that the name they all use?) In the past I would simply disregard my preferences and go where the people are, but I've given up. It's just not fun for me. And I am all about having fun.
Several months ago, I journeyed to Excelsior, MN to listen to some friends play at Dunn Bros. Coffee and Wine Bar. I was really impressed. Love the atmosphere. Love the people. Love the music. Bonus that Dunn Bros. happens to be my coffee of choice, and I greatly enjoy an occasional glass of wine. No need to dress up in the skankiest garb imaginable to look like you belong, just come as you are. Yesssss...
Side note: Today, I'm wearing a jean jumper over an orange t-shirt, with a summery scarf - because it's a bit chilly - and gray sneakers. Hubby Steve wasn't a fan of my outfit choice today. With luck, we shall obtain a picture and you can tell me what you think.
Dunn Bros. resides in a quaint little downtown area amongst locally owned restaurants and boutiques. Unfortunately, many of the shops close early...like 6pm. By the time I get off work at 5, and drive an hour to get there, they've already closed for the evening. Boo.
Today is a special day. I'm getting off work early to pay the dear town a retail visit and meet up with friends for some acoustic Staci Frenes tunes at Dunn Bros. later in the evening. I need this time away from work. I love my job, but sometimes forget that I don't live here.
Be sure I will report back here with any treasures I might acquire from my little shopping expedition today. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Eat, play, shop. :)