Some people can’t do work outside their home because they can’t concentrate. I’m not one of those people. If anything, I work better if I’m out of the comfort of my couch or bed. Open the laptop, book, notebook, whatever. Plug in the headphones. Go.
This means that I’m always on the lookout for new places to add to my list of workplace options. Prior to the second summer session of this year, I used Bird Library, Starbucks, Recess, and (the late) Second Story Bookstore & Café.
One of my newest additions—and now obsessions—is Roji Tea Lounge on E. Washington Street. The owner, Tomomi Yoshida, is one of the coolest people I’ve ever met. A fascinating life story and two Syracuse businesses (she and her husband, Christian van Luven, also own Montage Café and Bar), there’s something quite special about her style. If you’re lucky, you might run into her at Roji and Montage and you’ll see what I mean.
Tomomi said people called her crazy for opening a tea lounge because no one would pay $3-4 for tea. Well hell, if Starbucks can do it, why can’t she?