Greensboro has seen several coffee shops open over the last decade. They try very hard to serve their own neighborhood, while also attracting people throughout the city. Many are owned by 30somethings living their dream and opening their own business; and doing a good job of keeping their customers happy. People of all ages are seen frequenting this family-oriented place.
Geeksboro and owner Joe Scott are no exception. Open since November 2013, Geeksboro is located on the edge of Irving Park, in the strip of shops along Lawndale Drive. It is billed as an arty hangout serving, coffee, snacks, and craft brews. Downstairs, they show indie movies and documentaries. They have monitors for electronic games as well as board games galore. People also bring their own games and controllers and meet up for competitions. Some nights are themed. For example, tonight is knitting and craft night as well as the night for people who play the card game, Magic.
We have found that people who frequent Geeksboro are friendly and very willing to answer questions about their game-- as long as you don't interfere at an intense point. (Don't worry, you can tell). In 2011, UNESCO declared the coffee houses of Vienna to be an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Austria* and you can see why. As more and more tangible goods get delivered through the internet or get replaced by apps, it is the "intangibles", like socialization and places to spend free time, that will be the brick-and-mortar moneymakers of the 21st century.
February's theme for City Daily Photo is "scene from a coffee house." See photos of coffee houses, around the world, here. See a scene from Geeksboro, above.