In the US? Planning a SXSW 2019 roadtrip? Going down South anytime soon? Let our Customer Support Manager, Ashley show you the secret spots in this San Antonio Remote Work Tour:
After almost two years of remote working with appear.in, I have had the chance to visit some of San Antonio’s most popular work spaces. Many of us have places that inspire and drive us in our productivity, and here are 4 of my favorite spots in SA:
Tucked away in a shopping center between a yoga studio and running shop, lies this jewel that will leave you refreshed and inspired to work out after a long day. While coffee may be the number one addiction and fuel of choice for remote workers, I argue that the pastry is number two. But there are only so many pastries you can eat before you need to buy new jeans… This is why I love Revolución. They give remote workers an option to indulge in a healthier way with beautiful açaí bowls and vegetarian friendly breakfast tacos (a San Antonio staple). The vibe is clean and simplistic with no frills decor and a calming pastel color scheme. Their pops of color come in the form of their vibrant açaí bowls you can enjoy during that daily stand up.The wi-fi is free, reliable, and all you need is an e-mail to login to the network so you can get those friendly “We miss you” messages when you haven’t worked from there in a while.
Just north of downtown San Antonio, in one of the most sought after residential neighborhoods, is my favorite remote work escape when I am missing the cafes in Europe. Commonwealth’s main location is in a remodeled home. While they have replaced the original house’s back bedrooms with a full pastry kitchen and front entry way with an espresso bar, it hasn’t lost its homey feel of a french neighborhood patisserie. This is where I satisfy my pastry addiction with pan au chocolat, coeur français and stick around for their soups and salads during lunch.
Sit near the window to their pastry kitchen to watch their chefs roll out their daily breads and treats for their pastry cabinet if you need a little foodie meditation break. One of the best parts of Commonwealth is their inviting outdoor spaces in the front and back of the shop. For those few weeks out of the year where you want to be outside in south Texas, Commonwealth’s patio is a place to enjoy it while you work. Also, they have some remote working friends for you on the patio with their urban chicken coop.
Commonwealth also provides free wi-fi at some pretty top notch speeds. For my last remote working session there I was pulling an impressive 120 MB download speed even during their crowded lunch time hour. Needless to say, that day my to-do list was an easy accomplishment and gave me a little extra time to hang out with the chickens.
You don’t always have to visit the city’s center for the best coffee shops. Right on the outskirts of downtown San Antonio is a great remote work retreat with all the provisions. At Rosella, you can enjoy a bottomless cup of coffee, pastry, or panini to keep your work day going. There is plenty of seating between their downstairs, loft, and courtyard. If you are feeling super productive on a weekend, join the Saturday morning yoga class outside before a working brunch. Rosella has a relaxed vibe but a trendy atmosphere. You can enjoy gazing at some local art as well as an awesome light installation as you take a mental break from your day to day. If you need to get out and stretch your legs a bit, Rosella is just across the street from the Museum Reach portion of the San Antonio Riverwalk. You can stay refreshed by taking a stroll along the city’s most iconic area before your next meeting. This is definitely one remote working spot you won’t want to skip.
Pro tip: Spend the day at the shop and enjoy a craft beer from Rosella’s selection for happy hour to reward yourself for the full day of remote work you put in.
4. Impact Guild
One of the biggest challenges being on a distributed team has been finding a community. With the majority of my appear.in colleagues in Europe and only one other colleague in the US, we spend a lot of time in appear.in rooms trying to bridge geographical distance and time zones. However, the need for being physically around others can’t always be satisfied by our once or twice a year off sites. I have been lucky enough to have found a community of like-minded remote workers in a coworking space hidden away in San Antonio’s Beacon Hill neighborhood -- The Impact Guild.. From consultants to data scientists, videographers to local business owners, this group of members do more than just occupy a common space to get their individual work done. They join together to make a social impact on the local community in San Antonio and abroad. The Impact Guild has partnered with non-profit Kiva, in a program where a portion of each coworking member’s first month rent is invested in a micro-loan for an entrepreneur in different areas of the world. You can read more about this program on their site.
The Impact Guild has options for dedicated spaces, monthly common desk rentals, and day passes. Other than reliable wi-fi, included in your membership you have the access to document printing (yes some people still do that), reservable physical meeting spaces, a small podcast recording studio, and unlimited coffee from one of San Antonio’s favorite local roasters, Merit.
The space features a revitalized lighthouse and used to be the neighborhood’s local lumber company. Local artist work is displayed on a monthly rotation and one of the meeting rooms is the original vault that the lumber company had for safe storage. Whether you are in town for a "workation" or extended stay, this space is definitely one to check out for some inspiration, energy, and community.