I don’t know if you’re like me, but if I stay home for too long to do work, then I’ll be working from my bed… but I wont be working. Most times I end up sleeping. That isn’t to say I cannot stay home and work, but after a while, I need to switch my game up.
Growing in popularity in the Jamaican business scene is the idea of cowork hubs. Little office spaces that are available for rental, under small short term periods but that doesn’t suite me, especially if I just need to be out of the house for a day or so. Instead, I have found that cafe spaces have been my solace. A relatively quiet place that offers good wi-fi, tasty refreshments and meals and ample amounts of coffee.
These spaces are not to be confused with coffee shops. Coffee shops offer a space to drink coffee and hang for a little, but cafes provide a safe space where quiet work is accommodated and mini meetings are executed. Actually, my last job interview occurred inside a popular cafe in Liguanea.
But my favourite FAVOURITE place to sit quietly and work, has to be at the Toyota Coffee House. There is something about the some times bustling cafe that still provides a sense of security to a sole user but also enables a small meeting under hushed tones. And the coffee and refreshments offered are well received by all who pass through.
DeafCan Jamaica partners with Toyota Coffee House to provide the hearty brew in the most essential of ways. My favourite is the 12oz cappucino with a warmed chocolate chip scone. Mamma Mia! And if I’m looking for something more, I switch out the scone for the Ham Sandwich and add an Orijin fruit juice. With a satisfied appetite and wi-fi accessed, I am ready to work! And work I do, most times until I get a silent wave from the barista signalling that they are about to close. That is their only downfall. Of course I wish they stayed open all night, but this isn’t Pegasus’ 24/7 Cafe. The Toyota Coffee House operates the same time as the Toyota showroom, 8am to 5pm Mondays to Fridays and 10am to 2pm on Saturdays.
When that stay comes to a halting end, with reluctance my bags are packed and I say good evening and good bye to my daytime companions. Its not all gloom though, because I know that as soon as I’m able, I would be back, working at the Toyota Coffee House.