A bright café & bakery offering lunch & an array of European-style pastries in sleek, airy surrounds. I first came to Floriole for a writers meetup group that explores local coffee houses to write together. Floriole as a great place to meet with friends, get work done and enjoy great coffee and pastries. There’s a second floor, great music, lots of light, clean, and the staff is courteous. On fair weather days, they open up the huge glass frontage to the sidewalk for an all-to-cherished sidewalk café Chicago summer time experience.
Next Door isn’t your typical coffee-house. In fact, it really isn’t. It’s an experiment by State Farm to dive into the third place space by providing free, no-pressure seminars and coaching about personal finance topics; budgeting, insurance, and getting started with a business. These seminars take place in conference rooms and ‘IKEA-like’ portable ‘coaching cubes’ that can be moved around the space. There are seminars and classes put on by locals covering topics like health and wellness, yoga, poetry, blogging, and social media. This is not your everyday space. State Farm owns the space and anyone is welcome to come in and plop down on one of the sofa’s or community tables. There’s a coffee shop that rents space inside to provide coffee, tea, pastries, and crêpes.
I’m sitting here at Fuel Station in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago, getting this website set up and our twitter account going.
Come back soon to see more of what’s next.