Favorite Menu Item:  Hot Chocolate(?)

OK, so neither of the “rooms” I have in mind are in private homes (they’re in commercial establishments).

And, the effect is much better on a frigidlola December day in Minneapolis (high temp:  16 degrees) than, say, San Diego in June.

But, there’s something instantly grounding and comforting (literally) about a room whose focus — and center point — is a hearth.

At the Dunn Bros. coffee shop in Uptown (top photo), the center of the room is literally a hearth.

At Lola’s Pizzeria in South Minneapolis (photo above), the center of the room is taken up by the massive, wood-burning oven.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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