Care for some vitamin D along with that venti? A splash of light therapy in the latte? Check out Hotwire Coffeehouse in West Seattle, a well-loved community cafe that has set up a “Helios Bar” of full spectrum light boxes meant to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder by imitating outdoor light. Light therapy, as well as computer access, is now available with a coffee purchase. Hotwire owner Lora Swift told KOMO she saw the idea in a Portland night club and thought it would be a good feature during the Seattle gloom. (Here’s a basic overview of S.A.D., a serious issue in these parts.)
In Portland, they’ve got dancing and cocktails along with the heliotherapy. Here, we get coffee. Good thing caffeine alone can make a dark morning brighter.