I had actually been following this company’s Instagram for a month or so thinking about how delicious their fried chicken and waffles signature dish would be to finally taste, and then I notice all of their awesomely modern furniture and decor — They had me sold…Now the task of going in at the right time with my one year old. Is that even allowed? Haha, I’m joking of course. I just understand what it was like to not have a child and work in a somewhat quiet cafe…Wouldn’t want to cause too much of a ruckus to those working or just there to enjoy quiet time. This seemingly cool Austin cafe doesn’t necessarily scream family friendly, but that isn’t what deterred me. I began seeing Facebook ads for The Factory that promoted their “No Laptop” policy. Comments, shares and likes began to pile up mainly with people who did not care for the policy. It didn’t get too ugly but that energy you get when you see someone else have the same impulsive reaction as you is to jump in and drop your two cents as well. I won’t lie to you…My first reaction was..What the F? No Laptops? But why? Don’t most of the small businesses in Austin (particularly restaurants and cafes) provide complimentary Wi-Fi to their customers? << That’s straight impulse ya’ll. Fueled by gasoline of other commenters who disagreed with The Factory’s “No Laptop” policy. People were firing off about how dumb it was, how the business would not last because of it and so on. Keep in mind this, you could still bring in your smart phones and tablets. I guess people are more taken aback by the place banning laptops and not just stating that they don’t offer wi-fi. I imagine it must be a pain for employees to awkwardly approach customers with laptops and say, “Um, you can’t have that in here.”
And then I thought to myself…Wait…Why are YOU (self talk, so I’m talking to myself here) getting so mad about a policy that really isn’t outrageous and TWO, why are you being so judgmental about this company of which you have interest in, yet have not been to visit yet? Yea, I got a little heated about a place that I never even took the time to go out and try for myself. This brings me to this: Sometimes I am so quick to jump on the wagon of haterade and backdoor peoples’ negative and sometimes absurd reasoning for talking sh*t about someone elses’ business. This is a business that these folks worked hard for okay? They spent many hours and possibly many days and nights without sleep, without a dollar to their name and maybe even the entire world doubting them saying that this probably isn’t a good idea or investment. Aside from these things, this is a culmination of their aspirations and dreams into a tangible piece of evidence that has fruited into existence. So…What the F am I thinking to judge someone elses’ way of business? Some of my favorite places to dine do not offer or promote wi-fi, and I find myself going to those places more often than places that DO offer wi-fi. Why? Because I appreciate and pay these businesses for their delicious food, superb customer service and cleanliness. Those things will always keep me coming back. I don’t go out to eat or enjoy a beverage with my computer in tow. To a coffehouse or bookstore, yes — To a restaurant cafe? No. Aside from the artfully decorated interior, The Factory also looks like they take great pride in their presentation of food and drink. Beautiful china and that famed latte art that everyone loves — Come on, don’t deny that you wouldn’t enjoy your cup of jo much better with some kind of TLC put into the presentation of it.
For those wanting a place to just work, have coffee and a scone or something…Well, maybe The Factory is not a place for you. It can definitely be a possibility for you to get work done there even without wi-fi or internet connection. Bring your textbooks, notebooks and pens…May be something you’ve grown less fond of with our high dependency on technology and electronic devices these days, but still a possibility! I personally would like to just go there to hang out and adore all of their little knick knacks and games, whilst sitting pretty on their furniture that looks like something off of a dream interior design photo. Nice digs guys! As an entrepreneur, I know a little somethin’ somethin’ about hard work or working hard. I’d take this opportunity to be in a creatively designed space and let MY creative juices boil for a minute or two. I mean really, the possibilities are wide open! It’s your prerogative whether you decide to spend your money there or not. I will not be one to stand there and throw stones at a company that isn’t causing me any injury, harm or ill will. If I really don’t like something, I’ll leave it alone or keep walking. My hubby uses this analogy with me all of the time: “Do you get mad when you pass by a shirt that you don’t favor at the department store? Do you kick it and rip it off its hanger because you simply don’t like it or wouldn’t wear it? Okay. So why behave this way with any other situation?” BOOM. Thanks boo!
The Factory – Cafe With a Soul…You still have my interest to make a visit some day soon. I’m especially motivated now that I’ve gotten off my high horse and because I absolutely go DROOLZ over fried chicken and waffles! I’m not much for ordering coffee while dining out…Tend to favor making my coffee at home =) What do ya’ll recommend a girl to order that loves SWEETS, fried things and yes surprisingly…Healthy whole foods as well. I’ll order it all!
Thank you guys for reading today, I’ll let you guys know my thoughts on The Factory – Cafe With a Soul once I’ve tried it. My feelings are that this will come to you sooner than later, as one of my “New Year Resolutions” is to DO rather than just talk about doing. Anyway, see you guys here again soon! Sign up by email for my blog and you’ll get first notice of any of my new posts!