January 5, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
Working in coffee shops around Louisville was the best thing about being unemployed.
You recall seeing black woman, black frame glasses, twentysomething-ish, posted up at a table for two, fumbling through a navy blue messenger bag, typing away at worn MacBook? Yep, that was me, surviving on refills and free wifi.
A visit to a coffeehouse was the highlight of my days, which had become filled with wedding planning and job hunting. This was the time I had all to myself to blog, journal and fart around on the Internet.
I became sort of a floozy when it came to which shop to visit. I tried them all. But one quickly became my favorite: Please & Thank You.
six five reasons why you should make a visit to this coffee shop, located at 800 E. Market St. in downtown Louisville:
1. Wrap your mind around Please & Thank You’s concept: coffeehouse/music store. And not just any music store — they sell vinyl, the cornerstone of every hipster/twentysomething/music lover’s collection. On my first visit, it took me less than five minutes to find and buy the album Guess Who’s Comin’ to the Crib? by the 80s R&B group Full Force. Not familiar? Observe this gem:
2. Good coffee and good things to put in it. Want cream with your coffee? A barista will hand you an opaque jug from a fridge behind the counter. If brown sugar cubes are your preference, they have those, too. Don’t worry — Splenda and the like is available, too.
3. With a prime location on East Market in the NuLu district, you’re cool just walking in there. I have never been mistaken for someone who is “with it.” Somehow, I manage to feel not as square when I’m in Please & Thank You. I’m on board with where the cool people of Louisville are hanging out.
4. They support The Paper. I’ve had a few articles in the newest addition to Louisville media. They’re readily available at Please & Thank You. ‘Nuff said. (Blogger’s note: The Paper is no longer available here. Sorry for any confusion.)
5. The coffee shop uses social media — well. If you follow Please & Thank You on Twitter, you can
easily find out what the fine employees are serving up for the day. The shop also shares its latest news on Facebook.
6. The pastries = THE BUSINESS. If you’re around me long enough, you will eventually hear me refer to something (usually food) as THE BUSINESS. This is a great compliment that can only be expressed in all caps. It’s also the only way I can describe my love for the baked goods at Please & Thank You. Observe: