It has been quite a weekend for this humble Babbager!

In the span of just a few days, I have gone from renter to landholder, from simply a freelance writer-for-hire to the proprietress of an espresso and chocolate shoppe, from a woman who would occasionally create a square box (and build it badly) for amusement, to one who is now undertaking the restoration of an old, venerable, seen-better-days but sturdily built structure (okay, let’s say it right, Bob gave me a recycled Loner Lane building, completely missing it’s rear end but packed with charm and warmth!) and I have sped up my long-term plan to build a business in Babbage.

If you are strolling through the Palisade, do follow your nose, which will lead you on with the lure of hot cocoa and freshly brewed espresso. If my luck holds out, these scents will lead you to the CocoaJava Cafe, directly across the railroad tracks from Her Dark Materials, and kittycorner from the Aether Salon.

The Cafe is far from complete. Also, I have future plans to refurbish the second floor, and the small storefront in the rear of the building. In the meantime, though, please feel free to stop and relax a bit! I’ve put out some comfy chairs and tables, hot coffee awaits you, and the cocoa is rich, warm and yours for the taking. I’ve tried my best to complete the patio portion, so please stop for a warm beverage soon, and rest your weary bones a spell.

I would also like to mention that in collaboration with Mister Rip Wirefly, the CocoaJava Cafe is proud to announce the creation of The Amazing Wirefly Steam Powered Falling Chocolate Confectionary Device! A working model of this culinary marvel can be found on the Cafe patio floor, just near the door to the kitchens. I beseech you to take care as you approach this device, as the aroma of dark, rich, warm, flowing chocolate just might send you into fits of rapture.

More marvels are in the works… as is Miss Ceejay’s own line of Gourmet Friendship Truffles. Friendship, you ask? Well, you will just have to wait and see what that’s all about, now won’t you?

Of Chocolate, Coffee, Renovation, Collaboration and Brainstorming
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Lori Alden Holuta


Lori Alden Holuta lives between the cornfields of Mid-Michigan, where she grows vegetables and herbs when she’s not writing, editing, or playing games with a cat named Chives.


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