Drinking coffee at Bodhi makes me feel like a more stylish person. The kind of person who drafts things at a drafting table in a loft. The walls are scuffed, but it looks intentional and chic. There are big leafy plants in planters six feet off the ground, and two rooms of seating, so no one has to share a table. Windows to the back show a lush back patio with tons of beautifully kept plants, but it's raining, so I sit inside. Wide plank wood floors, and beautiful but dim industrial lighting are swathed in light from the big windows. The baristas are seasoned, precise women. One of them has amazing natural hair with a flower in it. She looks like Billie Holiday with a nose ring. They play Duran Duran and then something that sounds new and has an amazing drum track.
What I worry about at Bodhi: I get a cafe au lait and sit in the front trying to get work done but instead obsessing about the time that was wasted at a doctor's office this morning. If I come in for the same blood test every month, why do I fill out completely different forms each time I go in? Across the street is a seedy looking massage parlor, and I look at it and worry about human trafficking and also whether worrying about that is racist. At the next table two women who own or manage high end salons are brainstorming a marketing campaign for a sugar scrub. Treat Yourself to Something Sweet. They have abandoned a line of bags they were considering, and need new photos for the slider on their website.
I eat an oatmeal cookie and worry about sources for a piece I'm trying to write. I worry about being late to another meeting.
Coffee: Elixr, Counter Culture
Address: 263 S 10th St, Philadelphia PA, 19107
Hours: M-F 7-6, S-S 8-6
Seating: Mostly 2 tops, and some lovely window seating. There appears to be a very small leafy patio in the back, but I have never been in it.