One of my favorite things to do when traveling is to find unique coffee shops. There’s quite a coffee culture in Utah, but when I’m on the road, I seem to go out of my way to find coffee experiences I know I may never have again. When I took a road trip to Las Vegas to visit family, I kept an eye out for a coffee shop that I could write about for this blog. I never expected that very coffee shop was inside Central Christian Church. It’s called Two42 Cafe & Bookstore, and it’s open six days a week. They welcome anyone who wants to connect and have their fill of Starbucks coffee, pastries, or bagels. They also have a decent selection of music and books.
Since I’m somewhat of a purist, I ordered the Starbucks house blend. The coffee was hot, had that smokey and slightly acidic flavor that I’ve come to expect and love from Starbucks. The atmosphere at the Cafe was also decidedly Starbucks-inspired, including brightly-colored wall paint, ultra modern lighting, and comfy seating. The tables are perfect for laptops and books, and the couches and arm chairs are even better for conversation.
It’s interesting to think there could be a coffee shop inside of a church, but it’s even more profound to realize that Central Christian Church is a thriving group of believers in the middle of sin city. Las Vegas is a city of illusion and fantasy. Nothing is too strange in this town. You expect to see the unexpected. Sometimes it’s good to just steal away from all the action and come back to reality, and the Two42 Cafe is a great place to do just that. But you don’t have to worry about being proselytized over your java. Sure, the staff are friendly and approachable, and great conversationalists. But to pull a quote from the church’s website, the Cafe aims to “…create a safe and comfortable environment that serves as a bridge from the outside community to a relevant church.” That’s exactly what you get when you visit this place.
I think it’s funny how many coffee shops these days look “upscale”. Sure, I think there’s a time and a place to be fancy, but coffee is such a universal drink, and I think the stores should be equally as approachable. If you attend one of the services on Sunday, you’re likely to hear the pastor, Jud Wilhite, say, “At Central, it’s okay to not be okay!” You’re going to get the same at the Two42 Cafe. You don’t have to wear a suit to be served, or a skirt and blouse to be given attention. All you need is a desire for great coffee, friendly service and a comfortable atmosphere.
Two42 Cafe & Bookstore
Central Christian Church
1001 New Beginnings Drive
Henderson, NV 89011
Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 3:00 – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Acts 2:42 (NIV)