I made a return visit to The Haven, months later. I was greeted by smiling patrons and the familiar delicious coffee sounds and smells. Approaching the front counter, Zach was there. I couldn't help but smile as I watched him say goodbye to an equally adorable young woman. He hugged her tightly, telling her he loved her- then let her go. Smiling she turned on her heel, walking past me to leave. Zach's gaze followed her until the front door closed behind her. He took a deep breath, and smiling back at me said, "I love my wife". There was an unmistakable twinkle in his eye that left no doubt that he truly believed he was the luckiest man in the world. With all that love in the air, I realized I was too in need of some love, coffee love!
Zach and I chatted as the enticing aroma of my Dirty Chai wafted through the air. He remembered me as though we had met just the day before. Being indecisive, I opted for a red pepper soup with a fresh baked, honey drizzled croissant to accompany my coffee.