For those of us who thirst for a daily drop of celebrity news, Champion Coffee, the slender, sunny corridor of a shop on Manhattan Ave between Dupont and Clay streets, always shares the word on a sidewalk sandwich board that’s full of tidbits concerning the talented and alluring. Today’s list includes a question about Megan Fox’s mysterious exit from Transformers 3, news of the Jonas Brothers’ encounter with a malfunctioning elevator, and, to keep things serious, a space-based observation that the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico “does not look good.” At the bottom of the board, a goofy, exclamatory message that someone named Axel loves fruit and yogurt reorients the reader towards the more nutritive fare inside Champion. Is Axel a misspelling of Axl Rose? The name of a regular customer? Barista Georgia McGovern couldn’t say.
On the south side of the signboard, a simple appeal to mutual receptivity is written beneath the Champion logo: “open when you are.”