while i’m not sure i can totally get behind chalkboard paint in my own home, in a restaurant or cafe, i’m in love. you can chalk it all up with different colors, change your menu with the changing seasons, show a little bit of your own personality, get a little messy! i hate to see a newly opened independent shop put up a big ol’ printed menu board that makes them look just like a chain store–unchanging, inaccessible, and cold. my sisters and i had a conversation once about what makes a really good coffee shop, and we all agreed, if there’s an ugly printed sign with generic graphics and fonts, we’re disappointed before we’ve had our first sip. but, give us a chalkboard and a daily special, and we’re sold.
the olive tree company, a new little deli and sandwich shop (with a kick-ass beer list), opened up just down the street from us and it has me missing wilmington already. the sandwiches are incredible and the couple that owns the shop is beyond sweet. if you’re ever in wilmington, to 110 south front street you must go. if you’re really lucky, you might even get to try some of their blackberry lemonade. so good.