The Unexpected

I’m early for a meeting so I stop for coffee. As I sip on delicious dark roast, I notice the pleasant earth tone wall colors, pleasing abstract wall art and a light brick fireplace. The chairs are comfortable, seat cushions are black leather (or high-end vinyl).

Classical music flows from the speakers; light, flowing melodies, piano mostly, Mozart perhaps.

Where am I? Panera’s, believe it or not. Big surprise because my normal Panera experience is at the crowded, noisy location near work at lunch time. An unexpected, pleasant start to what turned out to be an otherwise frustrating morning.