A Summer Afternoon at Maevas – Alton, Illinois Coffeeshop

Earlier in the week I got to travel to the quaint town of Alton, Illinois to photograph the Alton High School Marching 100 Band Camp for a friend of mine. When you hear from several friends and colleagues that there there is the place to go for some delicious coffee and dessert, you just have to go. So, on the trip up there, I decided to stop in to Maevas, a beautiful coffee-shop, nestled in an old school building in town. The old school building has been remodeled since it’s teaching days to house several different shops and vendors, even my good friend Carrie from Carrie Carpunky Photography!  The inside of the shop is decorated with a variety of cacti and succulents, as well as a ton of small details and charm that is hard to come across these days. The paintings on the wall are also some of the coolest things I’ve seen. (I’ll have to get a picture of them next time around!) As for the food, I had the Aztec, which is a frozen Mayan inspired chocolate, laced with hints of almond, vanilla, cinnamon, and other spices. The spice and frozen concoction reminded me of weekend mornings from my childhood, when my mother would make us a similar drink for breakfast as Saturday morning cartoons blasted through the kitchen. I also had the Peanut Butter and Chocolate gooey-butter cake which was also a yummy treat! The crunchiness from the top of the cake just dances in with the chocolate melting in your mouth at the same time. I definitely recommend taking the drive for these goodies! Check out a couple of images from the trip below and as always, let me know what you think or what you would like to see more of in the comments.

-Brian Munoz

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