Archive for the ‘City Spotlight – Office Space in Arizona’ Category
Thursday, October 4th, 2018
Whether you want a break from your Phoenix commercial office or you’re still searching for the ideal office space in Tempe, a local coffee shop is the perfect place to get some work done.
There is no shortage of local options, but finding a spot that offers seating, internet, and is conducive to productivity can be difficult. To help you out, we’ve created a list of the four best local coffee shops in the Valley to get work done.
A.T. Oasis Coffee & Tea Shop — Phoenix
Wanting a unique experience? A.T Oasis Coffee & Tea Shop in Phoenix offers a local coffee shop experience with international flavors and offerings. The owner, Aisha Tedros, is often found working and is originally from Eritrea, an area just north of Ethiopia. When she opened A.T. Oasis Coffee & Tea Shop in 2013, she decided to bring the tastes of home to Phoenix.
A.T. Oasis serves all-natural green coffee bought directly from Ethiopian farmers and roasted by Aisha in Phoenix. On the menu you can find house-made food options like sambusas and ful medames and drink options like cold brew coffee and customer-favorite ginger coffee. Also, they are the only spot in Central Phoenix to offer a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony for two, which is the perfect opportunity to impress a coworker or client.
Guests that visit the shop say the service is friendly, the food and coffee are delicious, and the internet is fast. The best part? The coffee shop is just an 11-minute drive from the airport for those who frequently travel.
Fourtillfour — Old Town Scottsdale
Best for when the weather is sunny and the temperatures are in the 70s, Fourtillfour offers a laid-back atmosphere and a good cup of joe for those looking to get work done in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. The coffee shop offers an outdoor patio and a grassy lawn that feel like an oasis in the hub of it all.
Guests recommend ordering the cold brew, cinnamon toast — free with a Yelp check-in currently —, or an espresso tonic, which is served courtesy of their aqua espresso machine oozing retro vibes.
Press Coffee — Tempe
If you haven’t heard about the local chain, Press Coffee, it’s time to get out of your Tempe office space for a bit.
Press Coffee is touted as the first coffee shop in Phoenix to offer cold brew on tap. They roast their own coffee and they’re won Best Roaster from Phoenix Magazine and New Times.
The Press Coffee location at Skywater Complex at Town Lake in Tempe is especially suited to get work done. The space is often filled with students studying and others reading or working on their laptops.
We recommend ordering their acclaimed cold brew, but they also offer other beverages, like kombucha on tap. For food, they serve avocado toast, pastries, breakfast burritos, and sandwiches.
Echo Coffee – Scottsdale
Echo Coffee is one of those places that goes the extra mile to deliver the perfect end product. They care about the ingredients they use and the impact their business has on the environment.
Take for example their milk. They tested many dairy options — including non-dairy milk alternatives — before selecting their milk offerings. Additionally, they roast their own beans, they use organic ingredients, and they even reward you with a small, 100% organic shortbread cookie if you order a drink and dine in. They offer the cookie as an incentive to slow down and savor your coffee and as a thank you for not using a paper cup and plastic lid that can end up in the landfill.
Guests love the parking lot, the availability of outlets, free wi-fi, and the delicious coffee drinks and pastries.
Whether you’re searching for a spot that offers a delicious dairy-free latte, international flavors, the opportunity to work on a grassy lawn, or an acclaimed cold brew, the Valley offers no shortage of coffee shops to get some work done outside of your Tempe office space.
Is your favorite coffee shop missing from our list? Let us know by commenting on our LinkedIn page. If you’re searching for the perfect Phoenix commercial office, contact us. We’d love to help.
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Thursday, July 26th, 2018
Your Arizona office space layout can have a large impact on your business. A poorly arranged office can make it difficult for workers to concentrate and negatively impact productivity. If you’re searching for a new Arizona commercial office or interested in redesign your current space, there are few things to consider.
Before planning the office layout take note of power outlet locations. Desk spaces and their accompanying electronics will dictate your office flow. Ensure you designate outlets for important equipment like your Wi-Fi router, internet modem, and printer.
If your Arizona office space doesn’t already include adequate built-in storage or closets, you will need to think about space for your office supplies. Make sure the materials are in an accessible area.
3. Conversations and Celebrations
To have a healthy work environment, your employees will need a space to congregate for non-business activities. Eating lunch together and celebrating birthday, holidays, and work anniversaries in a common space large enough for the entire team will produce comradery and strong office culture.
If your business is large enough to have department teams, you will need to think about placing team members near each other when forming a layout. Keeping team members or employees who work together often in the same location can help facilitate a productive workflow and increase efficiency.
Furniture and décor offer an opportunity to bring your company’s personality into your office. Selecting furniture and décor pieces that are functional and match your brand will make the office space yours. Many organizations hire an interior designer to help with decorating.
6. Room to Grow
You should always leave room to grow when you’re setting up your Arizona office space. Even if there is no current plan to increase staff, having room available will keep you prepared to hire personnel in the future.
Some colors have been known to decrease productivity by causing gloominess and depression, while others can aid in creativity and focus. Depending on the type of work you do, you should customize your office space accordingly. When painting walls, try out multiple swatches before committing to a color.
8. Quiet Spaces
For introverts and those looking for a space free from distractions, offer small rooms or spaces where employees can work. These can also be used as meeting spaces and “phone booths” if you have an open office space.
9. Input From Your Team
Employees want to feel like they are part of the process. If possible, reach out to your team and ask what they would like in an office. While you may not be able to take every idea, you can consider everyone’s opinions and make each member feel like a part of the team.
When you consider items like a quiet space, color, and your employees’ input, you can create an Arizona office space fit for your team. Did we miss anything? Let us know by commenting on our LinkedIn page. If you’re searching for a new Arizona commercial office space, contact us.
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Saturday, April 28th, 2018
Spring is in the air and you know what that means — it’s time for spring cleaning. In addition to deep cleaning and tidying up your home, this is a great time to get your Phoenix office space in order. A little bit of organizing goes a long way and can increase office productivity. We’ve put together a list of the top ways to get any Arizona office space de-cluttered and running efficiently.
Organize Your Desk
Being organized is one of the simplest ways to increase productivity. When you know where everything is, you can reduce the amount of time spent tracking down information and stay focused on the task at hand.
Start by clearing the clutter. Reserve the surface of your desk for items you need to accomplish your daily tasks, like your computer, a notepad, pen, and phone. Everything else can be put into a drawer, filed away, or tossed out. The one exception? Personal items that bring you a bit of joy. Corral miscellaneous cables stretched across your desk with a desk cable clip.
Create a filing system. Determine the best system for filing based on your workflow. Label each file appropriately and place all related papers in their designated folder. If possible, create a digital filing system and forgo paper copies altogether. Scan the existing documents you need to keep and shred the rest. A digital filing system makes searching for and sharing documents easier.
Sanitize to stay healthy. Nothing can throw a wrench in your productivity like having to take a sick day. Once your desk is organized, disinfect your station. Get in the habit of sanitizing your area on a regular basis to keep potential sick days at bay.
Get Your Digital Life in Order
Just as the clutter on your desk can add stress to your workday, so can a busy desktop. If you save files to your desktop for easy access, create folders and shortcuts to minimize the space taken up on your home screen.
It can be easy to turn your email inbox into a to-do list, but, for the sake of productivity, it is time to stop. Instead of flagging important emails that you plan to get to later, file them. Duplicate the filing system you created at your desk or digitally in your inbox. That way, you can ensure nothing will fall through the cracks and you will always know where to find the information you need.
Have a Maintenance Plan
Keep your Arizona office space clean and productive all year long by creating a plan that makes organization a priority.
Set boundaries for yourself. Give yourself one filing cabinet, shelf, drawer, etc. and once it’s full it is time to reorganize and recycle. By limiting the amount of space you have, you will continue to be conscious about how you organize your space.
Build in flexibility. Keeping your office organized and de-cluttered will help you be more productive year round, but during the day-to-day, it may be difficult to always live by these clean rules. Designate a space, such as a drawer or a file, as a temporary storage place. Set a recurring appointment on your calendar to clean out that space every two weeks or once a month to ensure it doesn’t become a bottleneck in your organized office.
Do you have any spring cleaning tips for your Phoenix office space that we missed? Let us know by commenting on our LinkedIn page. If you’re searching for an Arizona office space, contact us today.
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Wednesday, February 28th, 2018
8 Steps to Have the Perfect Work Lunch
While you may have plenty of Arizona office space for scheduling a meeting with a potential client, business connection, or even mentee, sometimes it’s better to get out of the office and meet over lunch. Not only does it give you the ability to step outside of your Tempe office space, but it allows you to get to know the connection better. Before you make the ask though, be prepared. We’ve compiled a how-to on hosting the perfect work lunch.
Provide a description of the meeting, make it clear you’ll be acting as host, which includes picking up the bill, and give the invitee the ability to say no or meet at their office instead.
Select a Restaurant
The best option is to choose a place that you’ve been to before or use a website like Yelp for guidance. Make sure the menu has options for all different diets, including at least two, quality vegetarian entrees. Often, the best spots for a wide menu of offerings are bistros and steakhouses. Pick a moderately priced location with great reviews that your guest will feel comfortable at if they arrive dressed casually.
Check out the restaurant beforehand. Note the atmosphere and where the restroom is located, introduce yourself to the manager, view the seating situation, and gauge the music volume. If things check out, make a reservation to ensure you don’t have to wait day of. Give both your name and the name of the guests.
In addition to scoping out the restaurant, you need to prepare for the meeting. Check out LinkedIn profiles of guests, study the potential client’s website, and prepare materials that you want to share. Have a list of questions on hand that you’d like to ask.
Arrive 10-15 minutes before the scheduled lunch time. Let the waitress know that it is a business lunch and kindly request to keep the interruptions to a minimum.
Turn off your phone to give your guest your full attention.
To Alcohol or Not to Alcohol
Unfortunately, there isn’t a consensus on whether alcoholic beverages are appropriate at business lunches. Although, it’s clear that you should never be the one to order the drink first. If you guest chooses to order one, have a response ready.
If you decide to also order one, make sure it is something light, like a light beer or glass of white wine. Another trick is to tell the waiter “I’ll just have water for now” so the guest doesn’t feel awkward if they are the only ones who order a drink. Whether or not you actually order an alcoholic drink later is up to you.
Think about how you’re going to look eating an item. Match your order to your guests: if they order an appetizer salad or dessert and coffee after the entrée, you can too, otherwise forget it.
Don’t forget to send a note to the client thanking them for their time.
With these tips, you’ll be forming more relationships and, as an added bonus, have a meeting conducted outside of the walls of your Tempe office space. Of course, it’s certainly possible to host a successful work lunch at your AZ office space, especially if you have a conference room and want to meet with a group to go over materials that include a presentation.
Do you have any go-to restaurants in the area for business lunches? Let us know on the comments on our LinkedIn page.
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Friday, February 16th, 2018
Arizona commercial office space can be as unique as the clients we work with. Through years of working in the real estate industry, we’ve determined a few tried and true factors to consider when determining the right match between AZ office spaces and Arizona businesses. If you’re looking for an office for your business there are multiple things to consider — outside of price — to make a match stand the test of time, which in real estate terms equates to the lease length. So, let’s dive in.
Location, Location, Location
There’s a reason the popular saying is repeating the word “location” three times: it’s that important! Here are some things to consider in terms of location:
Your employees will be traveling every workday to this space. If you want to ensure employee satisfaction, consider the distance from your employees’ homes.
Your clients also need to be considered. If a client is sitting through an hour of traffic to get your office, they may consider taking their business elsewhere.
3. Other Businesses
Look for a space that has complementary businesses nearby. For an example, if you are an architect, an office space near a builder or interior designer is a better fit than near a grocery store or doctor’s office.
4. After Hours and Lunch Meetings
Are there places nearby for happy hours, lunch, and running errands? Your employees will thank you and it gives you an easy-to-access locations to meet clients for lunch.
Ease of Access
While the “cool factor” of an office space may rise the closer you get to a downtown area, it also bring some potential concerns that need to be considered.
1. Parking Constraints
Many downtown office spaces in Arizona have an issue with parking. If parking is offered, often there is a fee associated per spot. Consider the additional costs parking may incur. Also, make sure your clients have somewhere to park when they visit.
Consider traffic during the times employees and clients will be traveling to the office.
3. 24 Hour Access
If you or your employees need access to your Arizona commercial office during off hours, ensure there is secured access available and consider the safety of the area during those hours.
Make sure you’re thinking about actual usable space when determining if the office space is right for your business. Items like elevators, stairs, kitchens, closets, and bathrooms are included in the total square feet, but are unusable for placing desks on. Talk to your broker about the amount you need. A good rule of thumb is around 70 square feet per person, and don’t forget about room to grow.
Lastly, you need to consider the visuals of your office space and its location. Determine if the building design matches your branding and if not, inquire if you have the ability to alter items. Some commercial office properties have strict rules, not allowing painting of walls or other decorative embellishments. Make sure you speak up if the space isn’t quite to your liking and talk with your broker about your options.
Of course, one crucial part to form the best match possible between your business and an AZ office space is finding the right broker. Contact us today, our Camroad Properties team specializes in Arizona commercial office space and we would love to help.
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