On unique coffee shops and old-timey environments. [Shot In The Dark Cafe, Tucson, AZ]

I love Starbucks. It’s no secret that I love Starbucks. If Starbucks was an actual woman, and I wasn’t married, I’d have asked Starbucks to marry me a long time ago. That’s how much I love Starbucks. And yet, here I am… sitting in the Shot in The Dark Cafè in Downtown Tucson, AZ.

This business itself is fascinating to me. It’s 2017, but for the life of me, I couldn’t find an official website! But, they’re listed anywhere and everywhere it counts. Facebook, SinglePlatform, Yelp, Foursquare, TripAdvisor, Zomato, and even on the downtowntucson.org website! But, there’s no actual electronic storefront (AKA their own website), and that boggles my mind. I realize that it’s a superficial detail, but for a local business to not have its own website is – quite frankly – strange to me.

Even Google Maps has them listed.

It’s 2017, but for the life of me, I couldn’t find an official website!

Physical Address: 121 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85701.


But, the lack of an official website aside, it truly is an amazing place! A throwback to a simpler era of chill vibes.


From the food on the menu to the way the entire environment feels inside the business establishment, it screams “throwback” to a minimalist style. The coffee cups have no fancy logos on them, there’s no “Tall”, “Grande”, “Venti”, or even “Trenta” here. Just Small, medium, and large. Period. No fancy names, or logos, or complications. Just coffee made to perfection. I managed to capture photographs of some of the food that was being served there.

So, the food was excellent; and so was the atmosphere. The coffee was amazing (I can attest to as much myself) and the music was soothing. In fact, I wrote most of this review sitting inside the shop. However, as the day went on and as the sun went down the horizon, some of the homeless started to venture into the shop: No doubt because of the nature of the store – it’s open 24 hours a day. Now, it’s no secret that homelessness is a fact of life; I just wish more could be done to help those who are the most vulnerable in our society so they didn’t need to resort to going into commercial establishments/businesses for shelter from the elements.

So, my overall rating for this coffee shop? 8/10

Pros: excellent atmosphere, good drinks, decent food.

Cons: minimalist decor (may be disliked by some, enjoyed by others), depending on the time of day you may come face-to-face with homeless individuals. $0.75 refills (Starbucks charges you $0.54)

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