I still miss the stars on the ceiling!
You know somewhere's had an impact on your life when you want to copy their decor in your own house. The second I have a ceiling worthy of adding glittery gold stars, it's ON.
The stars are no longer there and they've had several major remodels and additions since I've started going to CG, but it's still a good local coffeehouse and thus, a place for the friendly geeks of Baylor to gather. I met quite a few friends sitting at CG with my homework. Don't fear the hipsters. CG attracts a little bit of everyone from dear ol' BU.
Shows at CG were usually enjoyable, too--especially if you're into local/indie acts. As much as the backyard stage was an improvement, though, sometimes I miss the intimacy (and heckling opportunities!) of concerts held inside where the creamer stand is now. I know, I know. Fifteen miles, uphill, both ways, etc. Get off my lawn--err, "green space!"
The bad bits about CG? Well, the parking is miserable, but that didn't matter when it was a matter of walking a couple blocks to get there. As an alumna, though, I have nightmares about that gravel lot, which has been shrunken into an awkward L-shape to accommodate the large stage out back. Sometimes it gets a bit overcrowded and the line goes out the door. Freshmen sure tend to hum-haw about with their drink orders before they get familiar with the menu, which can be frustrating if you're in a hurry. Perhaps that's the time to order a simple Cowboy Coffee instead of a more complicated order just for the line's sake. The Cowboy Coffee is quite good.
I must admit that I don't have the sweet tooth that I used to, so instead of a large frozen Irish Stew with no sprinkles, my usual has switched to tea. The good part is that Common Grounds has one of the most expansive coffee shop menus in town, so there's plenty to pick from.