I've spent a third of my workdays writing from various Starbucks locations throughout Southern California for the past decade, and there will definitely be times where it's tough to focus.
Between the morning rush, high school youths ordering their daily Frappucinos at 3:05 pm, or that one individual who takes up an entire table to charge all their electronics with a power strip can often make it difficult to concentrate.
A Starbucks Location in Tokyo just opened that is a dream workspace for anyone trying to regain their focus.
In a collaborative partnership with Think Lab, creators of innovative workspaces throughout Japan, the Starbucks located inside the Circles Ginza building features a Smart Lounge that's a remote work wonderland.
The second floor of the coffee store features a plethora of single workspaces sectioned off for semi-privacy.
There's also a Smart Lounge area for collaborative meetings that contain projectors and privacy for teleconferences.
Those meeting in groups can reserve group tables or solo working areas through the Think Lab smartphone app. At the same time, they wait for their coffee order. Each reservation can be placed in 15-minute increments.
Think Lab utilized research to create an optimal environment for concentration through plants, natural sounds, temperature/humidity, lighting, and original aroma.
While quite a few similar Starbucks locations have popped up in the US, it's safe to say none have entirely embraced this workflow. Here's to hoping this catches on with US Starbucks operators!