I grew up as an weird kid being welcomed and encouraged to find community at The Weather Center cafe. I was first introduced to hummus, real coffee, and poetry nights when Sheboygan had no other coffeehouses. As an adult having lived in Minneapolis and now in San Francisco, I still crave Weather Center blend coffee and monkey chunk cookies. If you're driving near Sheboygan, stop in for a coffee and you might find yourself there for a few hours, listening to the Weather Channel above, lost in the self-taught art exhibits on the walls or paging through an animal encyclopedia. In summer you can sit or walk through the Harborcentre overlooking the Sheboygan River and Lake Michigan, or watch the snow falling in winter. If you're lucky, you'll get to chat with Teek the surfing owner, his mother the favorite substitute teacher for many Sheboyganites, or with one of the budding cartoonists, poets, and vegan chefs waiting to be discovered who will wait on your table.