7 Coffee Shops Every ISU Student Needs To Visit

7 Coffee Shops Every ISU Student Needs To Visit

Every Redbird needs some quality coffee in their life.

One of the reasons I continue to function and be productive in my life is because I can get work done at a local coffee shop. Sometimes I need to get out of the house to get any sort of work done. Even if you don't like coffee, you can still find plenty of other drinks and food options at a coffee shop. Visiting a coffee shop is nice for a change of scenery, to get work done, to catch up with friends, and to sample new drinks. There are some coffee shops that every ISU student should visit! All of them are within an hour of campus!!

1. Fusion Brew

ISU students should be familiar with this locally-owned, Normal coffee shop. If you're not familiar with it, you should change that immediately. A personal favorite, you can get anything from milk tea with boba to a latte. Almost any drink can be hot or iced. They also partner with other local coffee shops to provide the best quality coffee that they can. My drink of choice is the green apple black iced tea. This particular coffee shop is always vibrant with activity while students are studying or local families make a stop. It's located by Cherry Berry off of Main Street near campus.

2. Coffee Hound

Coffee Hound has locations in Normal and Bloomington. Check out their minimalist, hipster atmosphere and sample their award-winning coffee. They make their coffee with care and sophistication. The staff provides a welcoming atmosphere for people to just hang out. Coffee Hound is locally owned and located in Uptown Normal and Downtown Bloomington.

3. The Coffee House

Located in Uptown Normal and locally-owned, the Coffee House provides another wonderful option for students to visit in Uptown Normal. This coffee shop is larger and has quite a bit of space. A great aspect of this coffee shop is that they can easily host some small musical acts in-house. They also offer a nice menu variety of breakfast, lunch, and snack options. Their coffee beans are sourced from all over the world, which is pretty spectacular.

4. Mika's Bistro

Mika's Bistro is a quaint and charming coffee shop located in Eureka, Illinois. It's about thirty minutes from campus. It is locally-owned and named after a young Haitian girl who traveled to the United States to receive health care. Mika's stands in her memory. Mika's sources their coffee from Gobena Coffee in Gridley, Illinois. All of the proceeds from Gobena Coffee go toward aiding orphans. You can stop by this delicious coffee shop while also supporting a worthy cause. Delicious salads and sandwiches are also available at Mika's.

5. thirty-thirty Coffee Co.

thirty-thirty is a favorite of Peoria residents. Locally-owned, thirty-thirty offers some quality, delicious lattes and teas. I love the berry iced tea. I love this coffee shop because of their unique taste and the flavors they offer. This is a wonderful, minimalist atmosphere that allows you to be productive. Roughly 45 minutes from campus, this coffee shop is located in Junction City in Peoria and Downtown Peoria.

6. Zion Coffee Bar

This fairly new local coffee shop in downtown Peoria's Warehouse District is worth a visit. If you want a rose latte and avocado toast, this is the place for you to visit. Zion sources coffee from small growers in Central America through a direct relationship. Zion's hipster vibe is a nice change of pace, for sure.

7. Starbucks

Whether on campus in the Rec or on Main and Raab, everyone needs a Starbucks run from time to time, right?

Check out these coffee shops that may be new to you to get some inspiration and productivity in your life. You can never go wrong with de-stressing over a cup of coffee.

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A Letter To Dad From His Thankful Daughter

Thank you, Daddy.

Dear Daddy,

I want to start off by saying thank you for always being there for me. You have not made me go a day without a father in my life. You have and continue to teach me how to be loved. You have always loved me with your whole heart. You are not selfish but humble and kind. You gave up your dreams so I could chase mine, thank you. Thank you for giving me the opportunities you did not have growing up. Thank you for working long hard hours so that I can have the things I have. Thank you for always making things work between you and mom. Thank you for not leaving. Thank you for being my daddy.

Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do every day. I will forever be grateful for you daddy. It is because of you that I know how to ride a bike, how to swim, how to cook collard greens and how to pump gas (lol). Thank you for always being a great father and husband to mom. I will always know how a man should treat their daughter and wife because of you. You continuously encourage me to run after my dreams even when I have lost my faith. Thank you for lifting my spirit up when I am down. You have always been a shoulder to cry on. You are my hero. You are the best father and I hope one day I can marry someone who is just like you. You have given your life away to work and support mom and me. Thank you.

Thank you for trying you hardest to not let me fall and for always picking me up when I did. You are my hero. You are the person I look up to for advice and for comfort. I hope you know that I am the person I am today because of and for you. So, Thank you. Thank you for helping me set my standards in a husband and in the future father of my children. Thank you for never leaving me lonely. Thank you for teaching me all the things a daddy should teach their daughter. Thank you for never letting me go without. Thank you for being a daddy and a good one at that.

I am not sure if I have told you this as much as I should but I am so thankful for you. I never had to grow up and not know what it was like to not have you around. Thank you. I will never have to feel alone. I will always have you to hold me and tell me you love me. You are my daddy, my hero, my supporter and my biggest fan. I love you.

So, thank you for never leaving me alone, for teaching me how to not be afraid, and for loving me. I love you, dad.


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5 Things You Need To Know About Thinx Underwear

Those of you with a uterus, listen up.


I first heard about Thinx underwear two years ago while on a subway in Washington DC. I thought the whole idea of leakproof underwear sounded a bit too much like diapers and brushed the product aside. Fast forward two years, my mom states that she is going to buy a pair to try and offered to get me one too. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, I decided to give it a try. I'm sure glad I did!

If you're not familiar with Thinx allow me to explain. It's a company that prides themselves on creating underwear specifically designed for individuals to wear during their periods. Looking at the reviews, everyone seemed to love them, and after trying them out for myself, I must say I like them quite a lot. Here are a few important things to know about Thinx underwear.

1. It doesn’t always replace your pads/tampons

Thinx may not replace tampons, but it can help cut back the amount you use.


I learned this the hard way that if you have a heavy flow, you can't wear Thinx on its own. If you have a light flow, you could get away with only wearing these, but for us poor souls with heavy flows, I recommend making these your new period underwear. You never have to worry about any leaks, even at night!

2. They don't stain

Behold! No bloodstains!


If you leak onto this underwear, fear not. Merely rinse them in the sink and then throw them in the wash like normal and boom! Clean underwear. No more ugly stained underwear to keep in the corner of your drawer.

3. There’s a bunch of cute designs/colors

There's something for everyone!


One thing I must say about Thinx is that they have a wide variety of options. There are several different cuts, and almost all of them come in different colors options as well. They seem to be introducing new colors all the time, so keep an eye out for one you like.

4. They are super comfy!

These feel just like normal underwear.


When I got my pair, I was worried that this underwear would feel like wearing a diaper or something else uncomfortable, but that was not the case at all! This underwear when you're wearing it feels like normal underwear, and while you're washing it, it feels like a swimsuit.

5. They donate to a good cause

Everyone should have access to period products. Period.


For every pair of underwear that you buy, the company donates a pair to someone in need. It seems like most are sent to developing countries where women do not have access to proper menstruation hygiene products. In addition to this, Thinx was designed to help cut back the number of disposable pads entering landfills. They designed this underwear to be a more sustainable alternative for people with periods!

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