If forced by circumstance a chain coffee-unit can be made to do, but a coffeehouse ought to be quirky, individual, and filled with both character and artsy types. (Sorry Starbucks.) One of the best I've seen was down the street from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. Chicago has it's share. But I'm pleased to say that Garland, TX is not wanting: right on the downtown square is The Generator, our local answer to left-bank Paris cafes and London coffeehouses. Restored to its original brick storefront, with more brick exposed inside, it's simple but comfortable. Notable are its free Wifi, its occasional music, and its cozy, squashy, orange-y '70s-fakey-colonial-y sofas.
Go early - grab the sofa.
image courtesy of Friends of Olde Downtown Garland