Starbucks is one of our anchor tenants.
They have an independent unit within The Foundery Buildings in Toronto.
The noise is controlled, although I must admit the entire building smells like freshly brewed coffee - but it’s not really a problem for anyone
Some Foundery members buy Starbucks coffee, some brew their own coffee, and we also provide coffee free of charge to our members - not everyone is a fan of Starbucks and we absolutely do not require our members to support them.
The Starbucks brings new people to our building every day, and I visit the Starbucks regularly to chat with anyone who might happen to be working on a laptop, and who might happen to be looking for an alternative to the coffee shop…
It helps us educate the general community about coworking, and removes the responsibility of us running a cafe ourselves.
We worked together to make the building accessible.
They are also great neighbours and solid tenants.
Foundery and the Creative Blueprint Gallery definitely both benefit from the coffee shop clients and customers - it’s just another way we can reach out to our community at large.
The Foundery Buildings
376 Bathurst Street
On Oct 13, 2013, at 2:25 AM, LA Tripp wrote:
I have been searching for this in the past threads but haven’t found this exactly. I was wondering if anyone has a Coworking space and coffee shop combination, where the coffee shop is an actual cafe run by a separate entity? The cafe would be in the front showroom area of the old auto dealership building I have in mind, with coworking in the warehouse/office part in the back; there would be some separation of the spaces, but I’d like to at least have a clear view into some the coworking space from the cafe. I have someone who might be interested, and it would certainly pull in potential coworkers. With the exception of Starbucks, most cafes in Pasadena are discontinuing their wifi, so I don’t think anyone would be especially outraged if that wasn’t offered in the cafe part. What may irritate coworkers is paying for coffee! Anyone have a business model for this they could share? Or is this a bad combo, and why?
You all might get a kick out of this segement a few weeks ago on our local radio station about Coffee Shop Squatters: http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/2013/09/10/33648/coffeehouses-fight-back-against-wi-fi-squatters/ I was driving and so I couldn’t call in and plug coworking as the solution!
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