On a quiet nondescript street sits an unremarkable stone staircase leading down to an unremarkable door. The only clue that you are in the right place is that the dull dark stairway is inexplicably strewn with bright pink rose petals. Once you descend the stairs and open the door, you are greeted with…nothing. It’s so dark inside that entering from the bright street beyond will reveal nothing of the interior until your eyes adjust to the silky black darkness.
Magically, as your eyes adapt to the dim light, details of this hidden gem resolve before you. It’s almost as if the reality of this place is phasing into being right before your eyes. A safe haven brought into existence from your own subconscious desires. The cavern-like interior is smartly appointed with lush couches, low tables and a bar topped with rich, dark, wood and brass rails. Small votive candles flicker on the tables, inviting you to come over and make yourself comfortable.
As inviting as this central area is, it’s not even the best part of this hidden retreat. Small, grotto-like alcoves branch off the main space, hiding more tables, and some very private booths. If you venture into the furthest corner of the room, you will be greeted by the serene sound of a softly dribbling brook. Turn the corner and see a rocky outcropping complete with its own gentle subterranean waterfall nestled in the dark, waiting to be discovered.
Isolated from the stress and noise of the outside world, it’s the perfect spot to engage in the most intimate of conversations. Safe in the hidden corners of the comforting darkness, what secrets will you reveal to that special someone you suddenly realize you connect with on a whole new level? What magic is at work here? What might you discover about this new person, and yourself?
The only way you’re going to find out is if you take that daunting first step. Take a deep breath. Translate thoughts into pixels via your keyboard. Close your eyes tight. Think positive thoughts. And…. Click…. ‘Send.’