A current trend in Silicon Valley, CA (USA) is converting old Victorian homes into community gathering cafes. Situated in garden settings, these new coffee houses have a kid’s play area, teen hangout lounge space and patio bistro seating. Steps away from revolutionary technology, seniors are organizing chess clubs, new moms are sharing tips, high schoolers are cramming for quizzes, play dates are formed and industry moguls discuss emerging trends. The coffee-house serving as a community dwelling place is not a new idea, but one that was reborn from the bland uniformity of the major brand that dominates the industry. Anywhere in the world, a Starbucks looks and feels the same, with overpriced cups of java that you can’t pronounce or calorie counts you don’t wish to acknowledge. Don’t get me wrong, time is limited and these coffee factories will serve your immediate needs, but your experience is impersonal, pre-packaged and undistinguishable.
I loved the community coffee shop idea and wanted to reproduce a garden cafe in Second Life using Serenity Style latest release Caffe Di Milan for FamouStation, available until June 17, 2015 at 1pm SLT. To complete the cafe I used Serenity Style Le Petit Bistro, previously released for the February round of Gatcha Mania, now available at the main store. For the teen hang-out lounge space of the cafe Sway’s Filis set was perfect. The Filis paper lanterns hang throughout the cafe with the low bean-bag style chairs snuggled in the bay windows…ideal for teens. Fresh cut flowers are placed on all bistro tables inside and outside of the cafe, reflecting respect for the garden environment. Take a step back to the future and experience the warmth and vibrancy of hometown Americana!