Being an all-around coffee shop lurker, I've thought a lot about the idea of the third place. It's used to refer to that place--that home away from home. First, there's your actual home, then comes your office, and finally, the third place--your coffee shop. It's that place where you feel comfortable to sit for hours. It's the place where you know the baristas, and they know you.
I recently became enamored with the idea of a place so comfortable it could feel like your (third) home. What makes a coffee shop that place? For me, it's walking in and catching up with baristas who have become friends. It's talking about our day, our week, even our recent accomplishments while I wait for the first cup of morning coffee.