Top Coffee Shops for Coworking: Raleigh Edition

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

 

Sola Coffee

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

 

Lucky Tree

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!

Tiny Farms, Big Impact

We all know, fresh is better. Calavera Empanadas and Tequila has not only found themselves a fresh location, but is bringing even more freshness to Raleigh’s food scene with their innovative processes.

Previously housed on East Davie Street, Calavera Empanadas and Tequila has now moved into what used to be Moonlight Pizza on West Morgan Street. With the wide open patio space and the great big kitchen, they couldn’t pass up the opportunity to expand.

Calavera closed temporarily in February after more than six years in business. They had originally planned to move into the old home of Tasty 8’s on Fayetteville Street, but things did not go according to plan, and aren’t we glad it happened that way? Things started to fall into place with the new space and now when you sit outside at Calavera under the patio lights, it couldn’t be more perfect. One thing that makes Calavera quite unique compared to other Raleigh restaurants can be seen by simply walking by the front of their location. Right in front of their doors are garden beds where they are growing their own ingredients! It is a growing trend for restaurants to use locally sourced ingredients from within Raleigh and NC, but how many restaurants can say that they proudly grow a selection of their very own?

Hyper-local food sourcing, or when a restaurant grows its own ingredients, is the number one concept trend this year among restaurants and this is one urban trend we are very happy to support. Urban farming plays a huge role in the wellbeing of our city. A city growing as exponentially as Raleigh, produces more and more waste as it grows, and urban farming can help to turn urban waste around into something great, and in this case, delicious. 

Not only does urban farming and hyper local sourcing help our city’s environment, but it also ensures the highest quality. Chefs and owners will never have to worry about recalls or what may have been used to grow the produce. Calavera currently has 4 different gardens that are all growing lettuce, jalapenos, tomatoes, fresh cilantro, and other fresh herbs and vegetables used in their amazing tasting offerings. You can taste the freshness one bite into the guac! Their menu is simple, which as someone who always has a hard time deciding what to eat, I adore. Each menu item has a simple list of its ingredients and it was so fun to see the ingredients and then head over to the garden beds to see which items would have the most urban farmed. 

They specialize in, you guessed it, empanadas and tequila. Their cocktails are made with house made mixes and garnished with herbs fresh from their garden. As their website reads,  “No syrupy lime juice from a plastic bottle.  Check out the guns on those bartenders, everyday they squeeze a lot of limes to make sure that you are getting the best.” Know that when you visit Calavera, you are hands down getting the best quality available.

Another fantastic part about Calavera is its location. This space is right in the Boylan Heights neighborhood making it a hot spot close to so many family homes. Funny enough, it is equally as close to Raleigh’s new coworking space, WeWork.

When you are sitting outside on the patio you can literally see the WeWork sign and its building, making Calavera not only walkable from home, but also from the office. Whether you’re craving empanadas for lunch or want a post work cocktail, this is the perfect spot. 

We hope to see other local restaurants hop on the urban farming trend! We will always be keeping an eye out to share. Give Calavera a try and take a picture on the picturesque patio (there are string lights). If you share on social media, tag us on Facebook, @UrbanMJblog