Working from home is all fine and dandy, but it doesn’t always work. You get caught up with household chores or maybe someone else is watching Turner Classic Movies and you just can’t resist Cary Grant’s charm and wise cracks or you decide that the weather is so lovely, you’re going to sit outside and read. A small number of those given scenarios have happened to me, though I won’t say which ones. It’s not that I can’t work from home, it’s just sometimes, I have to get out of the house and into a new, fresh space that may smell similar to a Starbucks, but isn’t a Starbucks. So, I’ve begun to seek out unique, small businesses to support local and to allow me to get a tonne of work done outside my home.
Located in the Pickering Village, this is the spot for tea aficionados who want to expand from Teavana and David’s Tea and go local. The calming environment is perfect for getting work done efficiently. If you are meeting a client or holding a meeting, there is a gorgeous tea room in the basement that can be rented out for a great price. JazzBerry’s drink menu is the best edition to any work-related endeavor.
This popular, independent shop is located just a little bit north of Downtown Whitby. Like most of the locations on this list, it is hidden if you are not looking for it, yet it always manages to bring a great variety of folks in on a day-to-day basis. If you’re looking to have a delicious lunch with a client or for an intimate experience where your order will be remembered (even if you only come in once in awhile), this is the spot for you. 3 Steps Up offers a gorgeous conference room, ideal for hosting everything from yoga classes to small networking groups, such as the Y.E.S. Women’s Networking Breakfast.
This cute spot is tucked in right beside JazzBerry Tea House. It is a great place to meet with clients or – as the weather warms up – to sit outside on the patio and get some work done. They have a delicious menu with classic Italian pizzas and a bakery filled with yummy macarons. Who doesn’t love macarons?
Debbie’s Boutique Café is just that – a boutique and a café! This chic spot is on Harwood, south of Highway 2. Not only do they offer delicious treats and coffees and teas, but they also sell a variety of products, such as home décor and greeting cards. If you need to pick up a gift after working the day by, you won’t have to go very far at Debbie’s.
What’s your cute local spot? What other ways are you supporting local businesses in your area? Share in the comments and we can discuss.