It’s different here at the Raven.
Though I’m sure that as a loyal patron of ours, you have undoubtedly gathered that already.
I have heard this place described as a “mix between Cheers and Hogwarts”, and that seems to very succinctly sum up the general ambiance.
Even before I worked here, I felt ridiculously comfortable within these walls. Coming here was like hanging out in my living room, except it was bigger, contained even more books, and I didn’t have to make the food. In addition, a fully functional bar complete with barista seemed to have magically appeared.
I am also required to wear pants.
This last part is kind of an annoyance, but a necessity when going out in public.
The thing of it is, about half of the time I’m here I forget that I’m in public. This place just exudes that homey feeling. I have friends here, both as coworkers and those that regularly stop by. I can tell that they are just as comfortable here.
You can be your perfectly weird self here. In fact, being your perfectly weird self is absolutely encouraged. Happily, this is something that is eagerly embraced by most who come here.
I have overheard so many conversations here ranging from nonsensical, random ramblings to serious business political debates. (Not that I’m eavesdropping, mind you. It’s usually a combination of people with no volume control and me being hidden away in the TARDIS.)
As a matter of fact, as I sit up here writing this, I can hear some of my friends downstairs talking about how much fun it is to dress up for Halloween.
I’m sure I’ve said it before, Dear Reader, and I will say it again, so I apologize in advance if you get sick of seeing it, but it’s completely true:
I will never get tired of coming here and listening to my friends downstairs. Particularly when they are giggling like small children and obviously enjoying themselves. (I feel morally obligated to make it perfectly clear that Todd Bailey was not, in fact, giggling like a small child. But he is also clearly having a great time.)
I hope that you find the Raven as cozy and inviting as we do.
-Jessica, your Media Specialist