It would make me reallly happy if you commented on one of the coffee shops I've listed on the site. I'd really love to hear what others have to say. If you'd like to nominate a coffee shop for inclusion on this site, here is the contact form.
Sorry for the last minute notice, but I'm meeting with a friend/client tomorrow to work on social media for his site and decided to open up the invitation to anyone that might be interested.
If your responsible for managing the social media for a business or organization and just need a little incentive to set aside some time and get to it, then use our little gathering tomorrow as an opportunity to "get to it." Drop by and work on your own project, share some of what your doing with us, and/or ask questions.
On Sept. 21st, 2013 (10:00am - noon) - WorkLatte.com is hosting a social media working group for individuals with any of the following needs:
As I make my rounds of Twin Cities Coffee Shops, I'm struck by the health, vitality, and diversity of independent coffee shops available to us, particular in the core of the cities. Outside of Minneapolis and St. Paul, their are very few independents if one does not consider Dunn Bros, most of which are locally owned franchises with more far more character than either Caribou or Starbucks.
For some this might feel like a peculiar idea for a website and a peculiar way for me to spend my time and dollars. So, why exactly did I create WorkLatte.com and why do I spend so much time in coffee shops?
The short answer is I'm a freelance website designer and social media coach. I don't have an office and need someplace to get work done. Working at home just doesn't work for me. I have lots of meetings and appointments that get me out and about in the community and coffee shops are everywhere. However, there are a few more reasons:
This is a list of my favorite coffee shops to work at, so far. Keep in mind, I've only visited 49 contenders.
These would not necessary be my 5 favorite coffee shops to drink coffee at or to read a book. But, these are the coffee shops that I've found best meet my ideal working conditions, namely: access to power, sufficient space to linger without feeling guilty, reasonably comfortable chairs, and a nice atmosphere.
Over the past 2 months, I've visited and reported on almost 50 coffee shops in the Twin Cities area. My goal is to find and document coffee shops that are particularly good to work at or that offer special resources like conference rooms, large tables, extra comfortable chairs, or easy access to power. I'm also looking for the coffee shops that one should avoid for work purposes, coffee shops with difficult to access internet, lack of access to power, or that are too busy at certain times of the day.
One of the very first reasons that I began to think about creating a site like WorkLatte.com was while trying to plan meetings for 5-10 people. I knew that some coffee shops offered conference rooms that one could reserve, usually for a minimum purchase, I just wasn't sure where they were or how to find them. One friend told me about a Caribou that had 2 such conference rooms, I wasn't sure which one and stopped at quite a few different Caribou's in the area and never found it.
Do you spend a lot of time in coffee shops working, studying, or meeting with clients?
Are you looking for a coffee shop...
WorkLatte.com is an experimental site designed to collect and share information useful to folks that spend a lot of time working or meeting with friends/clients in public spaces. In our early stages, we're focused heavily on coffee shops, however we may add other types of locations in the future.