Starbucks Edmonton – mobile office

August 9, 2010 by  

I finally got my new laptop and I’m finally sitting in a Starbucks close to home, taking advantage of the free wifi.

So, what am I doing in Starbucks? Shouldn’t I be working? Well, I am. That’s the whole point of the new laptop and being in Starbucks. I am getting out of my home office.

Sure, it’s nice, but I find working at home lonely and very depressing. I have enjoyed the solitude at times, but I’m a lot more of a social person than even I realized. I’ve learned a lot about myself recently. It’s one of the benefits of getting older!

Working at every Starbucks in Edmonton

Starbucks Edmonton 9719 137 Ave free wifi

Starbucks has free wifi in Canada now

As part of my effort to get out of the house, get some fresh air and get more work done, I came up with the idea to go to my favourite coffee shop and work. Then I thought, why not work at every Starbucks in Edmonton?

I’m not even sure how many Starbucks there are in Edmonton, but I figure there are about 50 of them. I’m going to map out, rate and work at every Starbucks in and around Edmonton over the next couple months.

I thought it would be fun, would be a nice change of pace and give me an opportunity to see parts of the city I wouldn’t ordinarily have a reason to visit.

While I’m at it I am going to take a couple photos, do some reviews and tie everything into Yelp and Foursquare too.

I’m not a coffee snob, well, okay, maybe a little. I’m not really a big fan of Tim Hortons or places that seem to filter a miniscule amount of coffee through an old boot, but I like Starbucks.

I’m going to focus less on the quality of the coffee and more on the quality of the work experience and work friendliness of each location. On that note, I’m going to look at factors such as:

  • Busyness – are there a lot of people coming and going?
  • Noisiness – it’s hard to work with too much noise
  • Power – laptops only have so much battery life, so you need a few outlets.
  • Free wifi – you’d think every coffee place would have it. I’m going to make sure.
  • Staff – how friendly & attentive are they?
  • Seating – are there a lot of good tables conducive to work?
  • Security – how’s the neighbourhood? Do I need to “pack heat”?

It should be interesting trying to come up with more than 50 original reviews of the same chain of coffee places. Let’s see how it goes.

On that note, what are some of the qualities you look for in a work location outside of your home or place of business? Do you know of some mobile workplaces in Edmonton I should check out? Let me know.

Starbucks Edmonton reviews

  1. Starbucks – 9719 – 137 Ave. Edmonton – Aug. 9, 2010 (★★★★)
  2. Starbucks – Safeway – 9499 137 Ave. Edmonton – Aug 10, 2010 (★)
  3. Starbucks – 5956 – 153 Ave. Edmonton – Aug 10, 2010 (★★★★)
  4. Starbucks – 11625 Kingsway Ave. Edmonton – Aug. 11, 2010 (★★★)
  5. Starbucks – 9404 137 Ave. Edmonton – Aug. 12, 2010 (★★★★★)
  6. Starbucks – 13682 137 Ave. Edmonton – Aug. 13, 2010 (★★)
  7. Starbucks – 10387 112 St. Edmonton – Aug. 16, 2010 (★★★★★)
  8. Starbucks – 12507 102 Ave. Edmonton – Aug. 17, 2010 (★★★★★)
  9. Starbucks – 15256 127 St. Edmonton – Aug. 18, 2010 (★★★★)


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  2. Chris Davies on August 9th, 2010 5:16 pm

    Great idea! I’ll be interested to see what you find. Reviews are just going on Yelp? Going to do a summary every 10 or so on here? Starbucks of the Month?

  3. SEO Edmonton on August 9th, 2010 5:36 pm

    Thanks Chris! I figured I’ll put the reviews on Yelp but not on my blog too. I might run into a duplicate content issue if I do that. 😉

    I thought I’d put a link to each review on this post as I go along. It’s going to be a bit of an organic process, so who knows what kind of odd stuff I’ll see out there. I have thought of a few different ideas for blog posts already. I’ll definitely be picking my favourites.

    I’ll update on Foursquare, post the reviews on Yelp and put pictures on Flickr. I wanted to give Yelp a try. I have never really heard much about it, but it came to my attention recently.

  4. Jenn's in Edmonton AB on August 10th, 2010 7:20 pm

    Haha! What an extremely fun idea! I love it! Enjoy!

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