One lovely fall afternoon in downtown New Albany.

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I had beer sales-related stops to make in downtown New Albany yesterday, and decided on a coffee before lunch. Quills obliged with its newest creation, Thai No. 5. It’s espresso with a twist, and you can read about it here.

Once seemingly cavernous, space at the future Exchange pub + kitchen gradually is being molded into an eatery showcase. The perimeter is being extended westward down Main Street, including the adjacent Feast BBQ, where I had lunch, and JR’s Pub a few blocks away.

Speaking of JR’s, something you should know: There’ll be a benefit held at JR’s for Ric Geoghegan on Sunday, November 11, from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. I’m told that Ric, who so many people in New Albany know from his long tenure at Steinert’s, is suffering from liver failure. I know we’ll all be plotting ways to contribute.

Please join us in gathering Ric & Jojo’s family and friends together to raise money to support them during Ric’s illness and to support his recovery. We look forward to seeing you there!

Walking back home from JR’s, I thought to duck into Billow for porch cigars, which led to a late afternoon interlude with English tea, and a chance meeting with our roving building commissioner, David Brewer, who’s doing a fine job indeed.

Think about it: Downtown New Albany’s options truly have proliferated in recent years, and perhaps it’s too easy at times to focus on what still is needed (a lot) rather than to simply appreciate what we have on a lovely Indian Summer’s day.

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