Whether you’re a Rocket City local or a recent transplant, you know there’s no shortage of cafes and cool spots in Huntsville, Alabama – and we’re still growing.
But which are the best ones for remote working?
We know that the safest way to socially distance is by staying in and working from home, but sometimes distractions make it impossible. Anyone with kids, needy pets, or extra-affectionate partners knows what I’m talking about.
To help at-home working warriors, we at Blue Summit Supplies have put together a guide on Huntsville’s 7 best spots for remote work.
This little coffee shop is a fan favorite. When we took to Instagram to ask locals their recommendations on ‘best remote work spots,’ Angel’s Island came up again and again. Even our Director of Marketing, Shannon, recommended it – “I used to stay for hours and buy coffee after coffee and sometimes lunch.”
Located in South Huntsville, Angel’s Island is a free-standing coffee shop with a drive-through in case you’re just passing through. Their iconic yellow exterior makes them hard to miss, and their interior is small but cozy and allows for comfortable social distancing while you work.
Angel’s Island Coffee has a chill, non-pretentious ambiance consisting of friendly baristas, soft acoustic background music, and delicious coffee, tea, and food. They also have plenty of good-sized tables so you can spread out and have everything you need at your fingertips for maximum productivity.
Everyone knows carbs and productivity go hand in hand, so where better to fuel your focus than Huntsville’s resident bagel bakery? Canadian Bakin Bread is a relatively new Huntsville staple – they opened in 2020 – but have already cemented themselves as a go-to spot for remote work.
This downtown-adjacent business is located just off Church Street and has an array of artisan coffees, teas, and bagel sandos to feed your needs. They also have tables in varying sizes – I sat at their smallest table today and was still able to fit my laptop, notebook, and tea on top.
Gold Sprint Coffee is located near Lowe Mill in Huntsville’s West Side and is the perfect place for all plant people. Their interior is an eclectic mix of local art, overflowing planters, and vintage-inspired décor, and something about spending a half hour or more at this location puts my creativity into overdrive. Maybe it’s the indie background music they always have playing; maybe it’s the ethereal, fairy-like demeanor of their dreadlocked barista. Whatever it is, it works.
Plus, in the evening they start serving beer and wine, so your workday can roll right into your after-work relaxation.
If you want a quieter atmosphere (or maybe just don’t want to spring for coffee), the Huntsville Library is a great option for remote work.
Close to both downtown and the Medical District, the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library is a three-story behemoth that boasts several sections of tables for working as well as private conference, meeting, and study rooms that can be rented out.
Plus, if you really want to put your nose to the grindstone and focus, I recommend heading up to the tables on the third floor near the archival collection. The smell of old books is intoxicating and honestly, what’s better than that?
You knew this list would be mostly coffee shops, right?
Dark Side Coffee is Huntsville’s newest coffee shop located in North Huntsville and it is cozy. The inside is decked out with greenery – even hanging from the ceiling – and their walls are hand-painted with uplifting messages in bold colors.
When I visited midmorning on a Thursday, they were playing chill R&B and their small, socially distant tables were almost full. Still, I was able to find space, settle in, and get to work, and the baristas were super friendly. The entire space and atmosphere is incredibly welcoming and laid-back for a coffee shop, which I loved.
Stovehouse, located off Clinton Avenue, is our most COVID-careful location of the bunch since most of its seating is either outside or in a large, glassed-in space. Plus, Stovehouse is awesome since it offers plenty of food and beverage options, so working through lunch becomes something to enjoy rather than dread.
You can also host meetings here thanks to the indoor seating areas, which is nice for teams working remotely who may need to meet up monthly or every now and then to go over things in person.
My only word of advice is to check the weather before you go. If it’s chilly, grab a jacket, and if it’s sweltering, you may want to make sure the indoor seating is available, since… it’s outside.
This is an honorary mention remote work location since I didn’t actually remotely work from here. I have, however, visited Spaces when we filmed our brand video, and I can speak from experience how beautifully decorated and quiet it is inside.
Located on the Madison side of Huntsville right near the Arsenal, Spaces is ideal for a professional who is working entirely remotely but may need a designated space that is a bit more permanent – and isn’t their home – to do so. I say this because memberships at Spaces come with a fee and tend to be on a month-by-month basis. However, they’re flexible with their plans, so give them a call for pricing info to work out what’s best for you.
Pro-tip: You can also rent meeting rooms starting at $35 per hour.
(I promise we don’t get commission from this; I just think Spaces is cool.)
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