One of the things I absolutely love is going to coffee shops. I probably spend way too much money on coffee.
And you know what? I don’t care.
Some people smoke, some people purchase alcohol more than they need. Hey, we all have our vices. At least mine is going somewhere local and supporting our local economy.
Did you know that for every one hundred dollars spent locally, you are keeping twenty-five more dollars in your local economy? Yep. Check it out here.
Anyways, back to the topic at hand.
Overflow opened in mid-July. I can’t give the exact date but I do remember kind of thinking I could work there and then telling the owner a few days after that thought that I had an interview in Rio Vista…
You know, the interview that lasted five minutes before the principal asked if I wanted the job. I love my school.
To which she told me most locals call it “Rye Vista”. Glad she told me before hand!
She was right… kind of. The older people in the two call it that, there are some that call it “Ry-o Vista” and most people at school call it Rio Vista or just Rio.
Anyways, I have been going there on and off ever since.
This morning I went in and she showed me a cookbook she had either been given or purchased. It was an old Home Economics cookbook featuring food from around the world. So cool! I love old cookbooks.
To be honest, that’s what I love about this store the most- the customer service. They do a great job of making you feel like you belong and you’re at home- no matter who you are.
For example, I was a bit bummed when I found out that they are doing art work from the local schools and then giving t-shirts to the kids who were featured. Don’t get me wrong- it’s a great idea but my kids don’t go to Hillsboro Schools so they would not get to participate. When we talked about it, she handed me a shirt and said “Here, give this to your little one”.
She wears that shirt like it’s going out of style.
The food is fabulous and they have a pretty good selection as well.
I will say the only downfall is the coffee is hit or miss. I blame this on the fact that they have a manual espresso machine and they are learning. The daughter of the owner made this beautiful artwork this morning.
Even better, I let her pick the flavor of the espresso this morning and it was the best coffee I have had there so far. I will be ordering the vanilla latte for sure next time.
Who would have thought something so simple.
So if you find yourself in downtown Hillsboro and are looking for something besides Starbucks- here’s your sign. They pride themselves on their friendliness and they will make you feel like a local. Might even make you want to stay!
See you tomorrow, Overflow!