- Michael Conway
- JoEllen Schilke, the Lady Madonna of the Burg — at The Hub in Downtown Tampa.
The first time I walked into the Globe Coffee Lounge, I was 14. Looking around at the menagerie of tchotchkes and art, I imagined this must be what the inside of someone's brain looks like. I used to sit outside the front doors, smoking Black Djarums and getting an early start to my coffee habit. Each of the mismatched coffee mugs had a different story; the white coffee cup covered in dinosaurs demonstrating various sexual positions was considered something of a good-luck charm.
But the Globe will be closing Wednesday, December 21, after 12 years. The Globe's owner/chef/baker/barista/security/DJ/events coordinator, JoEllen Schilke, recently was hired by WMNF Tampa to be their volunteer coordinator. Schilke has hosted Art in Your Ear on WMNF for many years and has worked at the station as a reporter, DJ and volunteer voice for the community. She has had her lovely pinky on the pulse of the St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay community for quite some time.
"I have gotten my dream job as volunteer and outreach coordinator at WMNF, 88.5 FM, the community radio station in St. Pete. This will give me a bigger venue for creating community and making the world a better place! Plus there will be sleeping, much sleeping," Schilke told the New York Times in an interview Monday.
The Globe served more than just a good cup of coffee, or a strong iced chai. With Schilke as guiding force, the Globe became a space for creativity and community for many in St. Petersburg and beyond. I saw my first Geri X show at the Globe in November of 2006. The same night, former WMNF/Creative Loafing writer (and now my friend) Dawn Morgan interviewed me for the Sticks of Fire blog about raising children around music: