Zeitgeist Cafe is a sort of collaborative effort: the café provides the coffee, local artists provide the atmosphere, and customers provide the ideas. Founded in 1997 as an antidote to corporate cookie-cutter coffee shops, Zeitgeist sets itself apart by featuring cutting-edge art, and offering a space where the community can gather to draw inspiration and engage in creative conversation. The café features work from emerging and established artists, and calls for independent filmmakers to submit their super-8 or digital films to be broadcast on the shop's enormous motorized screen. The café's simple aesthetic doesn’t steal focus away from the artwork—art-deco metalwork sets off the coffee bar, and brick walls and the ceiling's exposed pipes lend an industrial vibe. Of course, customers also come for the coffee. Zeitgeist draws cups of rich, pungent brews to help fuel its clientele in their creative endeavors, be they writing a novel, dreaming up a new sculpture, or figuring out how to mount a frame around an interpretive dancer.