Once upon a time, there was a busy little corner with a café named Mary's. This magical shop, located inside a laundromat, smelled like freshly cleaned blankets and coffee. All sorts of good people gathered there to drink an elixir known as café con leche. This hot beverage, the color of chocolate pudding, was rich and sweet, and when the townsfolk drank it, they were energized no matter what time of day or night. In the morning, workers dropped in for a quick pick-me-up before heading to their jobs. In the afternoon, people would gather for a shot of the drink on their way back from lunch. Even in the middle of the night, folks who worked while the rest of the city slept — policemen, paramedics, and others who burned the midnight oil — flocked to the window at Mary's for a much-needed caffeine fix (only $1.87 for a medium). The little café was an important part of the community. The people of Miami loved her for that, and they all lived happily ever after.