As is standard for the 21st century entrepreneur, I spend a lot of time in coffee shops. I could easily sing the praises of all our many local options. The fact that one can so easily get a change of scenery and some social interaction while continuing to work and enjoy a nice cup of coffee is, to me, one of the biggest benefits of technology. Though all my favorite spots have things in common — good internet connection; comfortable seating; plenty of plugs; convenient location; good teas; and something to snack on — there’s one that definitely stands out: SOVA.
To me, SOVA is far more than a coffee shop; it’s more of a community gathering spot. The owner, Frank Hankins, keeps a revolving exhibit of art upstairs and down. Plus there’s Thursday night bluegrass; the third Thursday Trash Cat Clothing Xchange; SOVA SESSIONS; and board games galore. Aside from that, SOVA also opens its doors to loads of events and community meetings. It has been a go-to spot for Hill Hounds meetings, Capitol Hill Chamber networking lunches, community discussion groups, MoTH events, and Tommy Wells’ monthly H Street office hours, among others. It’s a perfect spot to meet a friend for coffee or a drink; to have a business meeting; or just spend the afternoon working.
The surroundings aren’t modern and it isn’t yet close to public transportation (aside from CaBi), but it has a great shabby chic vibe. SOVA is comfortable, spacious and welcoming to everyone. Striking a great balance between coffee and community is what makes SOVA one of my favorite spots on the Hill.