Harry Potter lives on in Jim Thorpe

Today, I went in search of inspiration and found a little magical world. I came to the Poconos this weekend for a self defined solo writing retreat. It’s been a day and a half and so far my creativity has escaped me. To break out of the funk, I left the mountain and drove down to Jim Thorpe. On this cold, gray, rainy Sunday,  I’ve found the perfect hideaway to spend the afternoon. Mugglesmug Coffee shop at 79 Broadway.

Walking into the store, I felt like I stepped into any shop on Diagon Alley. Antique Leather couches and velvet chairs abound atop plank wood floors. Velvet fabric in the colors of the four Hogwarts houses draped across the ceiling of the store attached to  each of the four windows. What some may call cliché, I found charming, right down to Harry Potter movies, playing on the wall, surrounded by a quaint seating area. On the couches sat, several preteen girls drinking warm hot chocolate out of heavy glass steins. Their eyes intently fixed on the screen. It warmed my heart to see everyone have the same reaction of curious delight as they entered the store.

I overheard several tables discussing memories of their favorite parts of Harry Potter.  Unless you lived in a remote area of the world, you are aware of the commercial success of this series, but sitting here and seeing people’s reaction, I realized the full impact. It made me truly respect the world J K Rowling created that continues to live on and touches so many lives. I can only wish in my lifetime to create something that provides joy to so many people. This dark moody charming haven was the exact prescription. The lemon poppy muffin and English Breakfast tea were perfect. Even my damp clothes added to the atmosphere. I wished I didn’t have to leave. Goblet of Fire was just starting, but my meter was running out, and due to my inept ability to parallel park, I have to walk back several blocks in the rain to public parking. I will definitely be back.

If you get the chance to visit this quiet little gem, I highly recommend it. They have vegan and gluten-free bakery options and a little magic for everyone.

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