From the Register-Mail:
Lexie Frensley was stationed behind the counter, between the espresso maker and a refrigerator filled with gallon jugs of milk.
The coffee aficionado knows Lexie as a barista.
â€œIâ€™m a junior at Knox College,â€ the 21-year-old explained. â€œIâ€™m from Murfreesboro, in Tennessee.
â€œItâ€™s a city of just over 100,000, so Galesburg has definitely been an adjustment. Thereâ€™s not as much traffic, thatâ€™s for sure. Here, you can get from one side of town to the other in 10 minutes.â€
Lexie wore a plaid flannel shirt, ready for the Midwestâ€™s chill.
â€œI was looking to get out of the South and the Midwest is not too far away. One of the reasons I came to Knox is the lure of Chicago â€” itâ€™s only three hours away.â€
â€œI wanted a new perspective. My parents got divorced about 19 years ago and my mom is very Southern Baptist. I was raised â€˜Yes maâ€™am, no maâ€™am. Yes sir, no sirâ€™ at home. It is a very conservative household.â€
The barista shifted and leaned against the counter. The coffeehouse and tearoomâ€™s patrons were quiet, plugged into laptops or engrossed in books.
â€œIâ€™m not a Southern Baptist. I know this is clichÃ© to say, but I think Iâ€™m more spiritual than religious.