Award for best duo? Coffee and coworking. Today on the blog, we are highlighting the best coffee shops for coworking here in Raleigh (Durham, we’ll be reviewing you next!) The gig economy continues to grow rapidly. As of August 2019, About 36% of US workers are now involved in the gig economy. US freelancers contributed $1.28 trillion to the American economy in 2018. If the gig economy keeps growing at its current rate, more than 50% of the US workforce will participate in it by 2027.
More and more companies are allowing employees to work remotely and where are these employees going when they’re working remote? You guessed it. Coffee shops. Even if you are a member of a coworking space, odds are you often frequent a local coffee shop for client meetings or to grab an afternoon pick me up. As the gig economy grows, keeping money in our community grows as locals are now spending time and money in their local coffee shops. Shopping local is so important and today we’re showing you some of the best locally owned shops to work in, let’s jump in!
Fount Coffee + Kitchen
Though technically in Morrisville, I couldn’t wait to feature Fount. If you haven’t heard of Fount Coffee + Kitchen already, don’t worry, you haven’t been in the dark for too long. Fount opened in December 2018 and even though they’ve only been open for less than a year, they have made a huge impact on the community. Fount is a specialty coffee bar celebrating craft, quality, and community. They partner with Counter Culture Coffee to handcraft exceptional drinks and serve you your next favorite cup of coffee. One thing that is super unique is that their food menu features 100% gluten-free dishes, boasting of organic, high quality ingredients. Their food and coffee menu is available for all meals of the day, so you’ll have all the sustenance you need for a long work day away from home. It is also very picturesque for you creatives who need some cool photo opportunities. They now also partner with other local businesses to do pop-ups and public yoga classes in the shop!
Fount has been designed with great intentionality to serve as a community gathering place for friends and family (and friends who become family) in the rapidly growing town of Morrisville, NC. They are locally owned and operated and we love this place!
10954 Chapel Hill Rd Ste 107 & 109, Morrisville, NC 27560
Hands down the busiest coffee shop in Raleigh, but for good reason. Sola Coffee is next on our list for best coworking! Let me tell you, everyone in Raleigh seems to go to Sola. Everytime I head in, I run into at least 2 people I know. Sola has a full menu that includes fresh salads, toasts, smoothie bowls, and their super famous hot mini donuts. Their coffee is superb. This is definitely a great place if you are looking to be surrounded by other creatives and potentially network. It is also walkable from many neighborhoods in North Raleigh.
7705 Lead Mine Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615
Photo by: Lucky Tree
I love to share this shop because I find not too many people know about it and the owners are spectacular!! This is THE place to be if you’re passionate about health and wellness. Lucky Tree is a great spot for working if you are someone who gets easily distracted. It is soothing and calm, but your caffeine buzz from their great drinks will definitely keep you from taking a snooze. If I could describe Lucky Tree in one word, it would be “zen.” Lucky Tree serves fresh baked goods each day that are completely unique. Their offerings are all natural, vegan, AND gluten free. Get the oatmeal cookie sandwich, it is my absolute favorite. Check out coworking here if you are looking for a place that’s not so hectic and crowded.
3801 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607
Dove and Olive
Dove and Olive is another newbie to add to your Raleigh coffee bucket list. This newer shop, is a unique combination of retail and coffee, located conveniently in the heart of Five Points. What I like about this shop is the focus on local and on minimalism. They have an extremely minimal coffee menu, but always have fresh baked goods from Yellow Dog. They also have an entire section of curated goods for kitchen, home, and your gifting needs. They also just launched a special membership this week, it is $40 a month and includes access to their space, unlimited coffee or tea, 10% off retail, and 10% off space rental for events. It has huge tables with plenty of space to work and even a play area for children! I love all of these parts of Dove and Olive, but most of all I love that the husband and wife owners are always there and are the faces you see when you walk in! Getting to know the people behind the business is always so special.
233 Bickett Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27608
A Place at the Table
Photo By: A Place at the Table
Network, Co-work, AND support a local cause. A Place at the Table is a nonprofit cafe that provides healthy and delicious food to everyone no matter the means. They are part of the organization One World Everybody eats and their cafe is completely pay-what-you-can. A Place at the Table has a full food and coffee menu at the most affordable prices. Their upstairs has great space for coworking that includes a long, wooden bar and stools perfect for your team and their outdoor seating is awesome too. The cafe is also the perfect place to network if you are looking for ways to give back to a cause or if you are interested in volunteering!
300 W Hargett St #50, Raleigh, NC 27601
Let us know if you check any of these places out for working or just to enjoy your morning cup of joe, by tagging us on Facebook @urbanmj. Be on the lookout for more posts about coworking and coffee in the city of Durham!