Located on a bend at one end of Main Street, the building has seen a wealth of businesses come and go through the years.  It’s been a repair shop, a fabric store, a furniture wholesaler.  And now, a café.

In the past it was a dark secretive room, every available space filled, hosting tables, lamps, an old washing machine, bolts of material or huge burlap bags of beans.  What windows it had were plastered with peeling posters and covered in black film.  The low ceilings and crowded space made the room a nightmare for anyone who experienced claustrophobia.  Dark, dingy and dangerous.

Then, while the town was looking away, the building retreated into itself and fell into a silent sleep for several years.

This Spring the building stretched and began purring. Windows stripped themselves naked.  The ceiling vanished.  Fans and lantern-like globes grew from the rafters.   Walls wept bright aquamarine.  The floor pealed off its black leggings to reveal bare Oregon pine.  A long wooden counter grew along the length of the street-side windows.  Tall stools stood guard at regular intervals. A deep blue sofa and comfortable chairs appeared.  Round tables of various sizes moved in. And the storefront looked out at the town with brilliant eyes and a beguiling smile.


Today’s assignment: go to a local café, park, or public place and report on what you see. Get detailed: leave no nuance behind.

Thoughtful writers create meaning by choosing precise words to create vivid pictures in the reader’s mind. As you strive to create strong imagery, show your readers what’s going on; avoid telling them.

Today’s twist: write an adverb-free post.