StoriesCoffeehouseOmahaI travel a lot for my new job, so I like to joke that I’m on the iced tea diet…because most days, I don’t have time for lunch, so I just swing by the Starbucks drive-thru and grab a large unsweetened iced tea. (Don’t worry, I’m eating plenty for breakfast and lunch. If you know me in real life, you know I’m not at risk of starving.)

Naturally, when I actually need to go INSIDE  a coffeeshop to set up my laptop to work, Starbucks is the last place I want to go. I’d much rather find somewhere local in whatever city I’m in. Because Starbucks is like Panera in that once you’re inside, you could be in Las Vegas or Toledo or Miami or Chicago…they all look the same! I want to be somewhere that’s unique to that city or area.

A place I just discovered is Stories Coffeehouse in West Omaha. Wow!!! It’s one of the best. I was a little unsure because it’s in a strip mall, but once you step inside, you’re in a whole different world. The decor is very eclectic, with mismatched chairs and tables and lots of whimsical touches.

I ordered coffee but they also serve food as well as wine. The woman at the table next to me was working on her laptop while enjoying a glass of wine. I will be doing that soon for sure!

Here’s their website, in case you’re in the area or just want to check them out!

And, as you may know, finding coffee shops  isn’t new for me =) Here are a few posts highlighting my other favorites around the country…

Milton’s in Lawrence, Kansas

Rude Awakenings in Fayetteville, North Carolina

Java Break in Lawrence, Kansas

If only I drove around the country finding fun places to exercise nearly as often as I find places to eat and drink!


A Day with Jack

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to go somewhere I’ve wanted to go for a long time…

10599394_675104239230_5491022199593862750_nI’d been in Nashville for the week for work, and by Friday, we were ready to do something fun. So, we made the hour and 20 minute drive from Nashville to rural Lynchburg, Tennessee.

10665214_675104164380_140049337717422419_nThe tour of the distillery is free and absolutely amazing! They do such a good job and our tour guide was wonderful…funny, entertaining and very knowledgeable about all things Jack Daniels.

10666029_675104144420_1370307470759172609_nSpeaking of…here is Mr. Daniels himself!
10702170_675104184340_1743966644122942735_n10624855_675103914880_1402763937583815499_nAfter the tour, we walked from the distillery to downtown Lynchburg. It’s a small town with a town square lined with shopping, restaurants, etc.

10303957_675103845020_6249836320075670500_n 10429381_675103800110_4999982445715981003_nMany of the shops have  Jack Daniels memorabilia, and while I didn’t spring for a guitar, I did find a lovely magnet for my collection!

That’s all for now, but I will be back soon with more…