When I first visited Round Mountain, I knew it was good, and I knew people would show up. The fact that it has thrived as a business doesn’t surprise me one bit. What ultimately did surprise me, however, was the sheer variety of people to walk through their door.
Now, I absolutely expected the hipsters and millennials. They are known specifically for frequenting chic little coffee shops. That’s kind of their thing.
I was also not taken aback by the tidal wave of college students who arrived in the afternoons with homework and studies, seeking sweet, caffeinated fuel.
Maybe I was just new to the coffee shop world, but that was pretty much it. I thought the clientele would be mostly…people in their 20s, I guess. But no no. I was way off. As it turns out, tons of different sorts actually love coffee, and Round Mountain does a splendid job of attracting them.
Where do I even start?
How about folks over 20? I see men and women come in to talk business. Grandmothers sitting around a table having tea and a chit-chat. Parents who have clearly stopped by to take a break for themselves. There are plenty of individuals who go daily, who need their before or after-work pick-me-up. And of course, people of every age bring their friends there. It’s an optimal place to relax for awhile and catch up.
But age is really too broad a category to go off of, because the diversity within the age groups is what’s really intriguing. Let me run through a few of them quickly, just to give you an idea of what I mean.
People come to Round Mountain to make partnerships, to promote their charities or businesses.
Artists come to be seen and heard.
(You’re seeing my art right now, valued reader, because RMC asked me to write for them).
People come for competitions.
They come for romance.
They come to do their own thing.
They come for Bible studies, too, I’ve noticed. Usually, it’s a pair of girls or a pair of boys, Bibles and notebooks out, discussing away. I saw a woman recently who was chaperoning a date between two very young teenagers. Customers are encouraged to bring games, bring coloring books; they watch movies, they have trivia nights. Essentially, the options at Round Mountain are limitless, and so are the kinds of people who come to enjoy it. Anyone can do just about whatever they like, and with a tasty beverage close at hand.
Looking this post over, I feel like I’ve barely managed to scratch the surface, but the point I’m trying to make is that RMC is a place where people come together.
Going there as often as I do, I understand now why people-watching is considered a pastime. It’s the best place in Conway to do it.