Little Brick Cafe marrying technology and coffee in Riverdale
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On the main level of the newly opened Little Brick Café, customers looking for java can get their lounge on while entrepreneurs trying to make it big work above them in a new co-working space.
Little Brick Cafe, the latest in a series of restaurants by rising Edmonton food superstar Nate Box, officially opens in Riverdale on Friday. But what’s most unique about the unique restaurant is its upstairs is already buzzing with workers from OilersNation.com, Oodle Noodle and a new startup called Dub5.
"We've married distinctively different industries that all overlap," said Box of the upstairs co-working space at Little Brick.
"When we started working through the space, we wanted to create some distinction but also some crossover between the cafe and the tech team. The office crew plugs away upstairs and we do our thing in our cafe space.”
The coffee shop will serve as the guinea pig for Dub5's tech software as they operate in the historical building known as the J.B. Little Brick House. It was once the family home of the J.B. Little and Sons brick company, which operated from 1893 until 1953.
Why a co-working space? "It was an opportunity to do something different, off the radar," said Box.
Creative co-work space booming in Edmonton
Little Brick Box isn’t the only place for Edmontonians to collaborate and employ their creative juices. Here are a few more spaces started by local entrepreneurs:
10187 104 St.
On creative-central 104 Street, Unit B has space for several businesses or entrepreneurs to share space in a co-working environment. The location’s website encourages people to mingle with their fellow colleagues. The space's people "and artsy environment make for a pretty unique atmosphere” states Unit B's website.
The Drawing Room
10253 97 St.
The Drawing Room has workspace for small business ventures and artists to create and expand. Up to nine artists or entrepreneurs can call the space home. The space "provides opportunity for discussion and collaboration, while designated studio space allows each individual to stretch out and get messy,” according to the room's website.
9908 109 St.
One of the newer spots in the city for innovation, Homestead launched in October last year above The Common on 109 Street. The space provides “a collaborative workspace for independent artists,” states Homestead's website.