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A Day in Downtown Beloit

Last week, I wrote about a day at the Beloit Farmers’ Market in an effort to show Beloit College students what is in the community, just a short walk away. This week, I walked around downtown Beloit and visited some of the local businesses. 

I started my day off at Blue Collar Coffee, the closest downtown coffee shop to the college campus. Right next to Truk’t, the street taco restaurant, this quaint coffee shop has an industrial feel, with metal sheets covering the walls. They have also managed to take this look and make it warm, making this a great off campus study spot. They have recently rolled out their fall drink menu, featuring maple and cinnamon roll lattes, as well as the traditional fall flavoring, pumpkin spice. They also have tea and smoothies, but I headed off to another business to find some grub. 

At Bagels & More, I found bagels and more. They have a full breakfast menu, complete with bagels with your choice of topping, including cream cheese and bacon, egg, and cheese. They also have quiches, biscuits and gravy, and for those who miss Hamilton’s breakfast burritos, Bagels & More can fill the void in your heart. This business also serves lunch, with the availability to customize your own sandwich, or pick from their delightful assortment. Bagels & More also offers catering, in case you and your friends decide you want a lot of bagels all at once. 

I continued my journey onward to Nine Bells and Cat Tails. This store used to be across from Domenicos, but since the pandemic began has moved in next to the Flying Pig Treat Shop. Nine Bells and Cat Tails is the perfect place to find metaphysical and witchy items. They have herbs and teas, crystals and gems, vintage jewelry, and lots of other treasures, many of which are made by local artists. They also offer tarot reading, henna tattoos, and reiki sessions, which focuses on healing through energy. Their selection of jewelry is great, with many funky vintage options to suit a variety of tastes and styles. The store also has a piano studio in it, as the owner of the shop is a piano teacher for Beloit College. The store is relaxing, and smells like incense, and you can feel the good energy as soon as you walk in. It is a great place to be in. 

From there, I went to the Flying Pig, right next door. The Flying Pig is a fantastic place to go if you are craving anything sweet. There, they have a wall full of candy, colorful and brimming with any kind of little treat you can imagine. They also have ice cream and dozens of different tea flavors. They have gourmet popcorn, with flavors like birthday cake, blue raspberry, salted caramel pretzel, along with more traditional flavors like kettle corn. They also have a fantastic drink menu, with smoothies, shaved ice, shakes, frappes, and bubble tea. For Beloit students who crave boba or popping boba, this is the place for you. There are so many different flavors to choose from, with so many more combinations of drinks and boba. My drink of choice? Taro bubble tea with peach popping boba. Absolutely delicious. 

Also in downtown Beloit is Bushel & Peck’s, a little market with yummy treats. They have beverages like kombucha, coffee, and tea. Classic to Wisconsin, they also have cheese; goat cheese, ghost pepper Colby jack, smoked gouda, string cheese, cheese with balsamic, whiskey, or espresso. They also have fun gifts, like socks and plants. It’s a cute little store that is worth your while. I especially recommend Ringhand’s Beer Mustard. 

These are just a few of the many shops in downtown Beloit. There are so many more, along with art galleries and salons, gift shops and restaurants. If you get the chance, I highly recommend checking them out. It’s a great way to get to know your community, and to help integrate the school with the people from the town of Beloit. 

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