How a coffee shop can comfort

Sean Lords
Favorite Spot: Chapterhouse Cafe and Gallery
Address: 620 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Neighborhood: Bella Vista

I am: A perpetual teacher, student, and traveler, now helping others looking for tefl certification in Philadelphia.


My Love Note

To the Back Room at Chapterhouse Café and Gallery:

I was looking at the flowers outside of your back windows when I found out my father died.

I was petting the dog that I’ve since learned lives there.

I had never made such a quick escape in my life as I did that day, but I’ve never made so much of a place that isn’t entirely mine—

I was only in Philadelphia for the summer, but now when I visit, I’m more likely to go get a Mexican Mocha from you than to go to the Liberty Bell.

I’ve never been to the Liberty Bell.

I think I sat at the table by the back door every day that summer. The economy was good so I had a summer job, but I lived in lukewarm fear of losing it. I spent my fresh inheritance on enough coffee to inspire focus on the memoir I was writing. Everyone else appeared to be a medical student.

I fancied myself a poet at the time. I hid at every Chapter and Verse reading that summer. I wrote more at Chapterhouse than I have since, even though I fancy myself a freelance writer.

Chapterhouse, I like that you are quiet and somewhat serious.

I like that I could have a pet dog that didn’t know my name.

I like that the baristas didn’t try to get to know me, though made my drinks quickly.

When I come to Philadelphia, I write beneath your high ceilings to feel alone, and it feels personal–

Chapterhouse, you are usually thousands of miles away from my room, but I always think of you when I fail to focus. Before I left that summer, I bought a print of a two-headed woman off your wall because I couldn’t bring your coffee or quiet back to college with me, or to Korea. I have lived in many cities since that summer. My life has changed by many deaths since my father’s. It’s more than just the coffee—you have remained constant.


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Posted on by Emma Fried-Cassorla in Queen Village / Bella Vista 3 Comments

3 Responses to How a coffee shop can comfort

  1. Leigh

    what a lovely love note. I bike past Chapterhouse all the time and have never gone in, but I think I have to now.

  2. Briizniitha

    Well, we finally have some Eagle fodedr. What does everyone think of the Eagles off-season plan so far? Well, I don’t think what they did with Feeley is a bad thing. First off, Garcia had a nice run but I personally would not want them spending money on him that could be used for other players. I thought he was great for the Birds the final games. But I just don’t think he was millions ahead of Feeley and we all know that it would be a controversy with him here. It would. Don is your man. I think Feeley is a decent back-up and I will elaborate on something else in a second. They are playing hardball with Stallworth and I just don’t think that they are wrong for not bucking up to his demands. Again, he is not a guy I want to dump all of my off-season budget into. He spreads the field yes, but is there any reason why Baskett can’t? I’m sure TMG will start soon with an off-season shopping list, but if I am the Eagles the 2 guys that I probably would really want to sign are Mikell and Thomas….I would love Hood but he is going to get starter money. So, how do I think that this is going to play out? They are going to sign Mikell and Thomas, or at least Mikell and hope Thomas doesn’t get a huge salary dumped on him. I saw an interview with Morninweg he if you read him and Big Red and Heckert you kind of get an idea of what they like and are going to do…they want a back that can play on the field with Westbrook….I don’t know what that means, but I suspect that it means dipping into free agency as they don’t have anyone that can do that. Moats is a bust. Buck is damaged goods. Reno is a FA and they need an upgrade at punt returns…Bloom? I don’t suspect a huge name, as there aren’t many, but a NFL veteran back who can make plays. Offensive line they are set, it doesn’t look like they are going to get a receiver, so I think that also are going to try to upgrade at LB and DT. But they also need a SS, in my opinion. Lewis, is the best on the market, but his ship has sailed. I think that they will draft a QB, too. Not in round #1, I suspect an end, or a DB in round #1, but maybe a #2 or #3. TMG, Bumble and Captain…assessments, please.


    Now that’s subtle! Great to hear from you.


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