Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Top 5 Places for the Late-Night Entrepreneur

Where to Work in Kansas City after the Sun Goes Down
It’s 7:00PM and you’re still in the office.  After all, entrepreneurs are known to spend up to 80 hours a week on their businesses.  So obviously, you arrive early to the office and leave late.  But right now, you would do anything to get out of the office.  You need a change of scene, a new environment, a fresh beginning to your late-night work.
We have narrowed down the top 5 places to work in Kansas City when you need to work late into the night.  When you simply cannot do the work at home, or if you just need to get out of the office, check out these hotspots, perfect for any late-night entrepreneur!
Mon-Thurs 8AM-11PM
Friday 8AM-Midnight
Saturday 10AM-Midnight
Sunday 10AM-10PM

The Westport Coffee House, located on Pennsylvania Avenue in the Westport area of Kansas City, is a great place to go to relax after a long day of office work.  Bring your laptop and sit down in the warm and inviting atmosphere of this small coffee shop.  With relaxing live music and occasional live poetry, as well as late-night servings of coffee, tea, smoothies and sandwiches, the Westport Coffee House is the perfect location for any night owl looking to finish up some work.
Mon-Wed 7:30AM-10PM
Thurs-Sat 7:30AM-7:30AM
Sun 7:30AM-11PM

Located in the Crossroads Arts District of Downtown Kansas City, YJ’s Snack Shop may seem like a drinking hotspot at first.  But as a matter of fact, YJ’s doesn’t even serve alcohol—only coffee and home cooked food!  As a regular hangout for artists, musicians and downtown business types, YJ’s provides a great atmosphere for entrepreneurs who need to get a little more work done before they head home for the night.  YJ’s often incorporates live acoustic acts in the evenings—the perfect type of music for a working entrepreneur. 
24 Hours

bizperc, Kansas City’s newest business incubator and startup accelerator, is powered by Think Big Partners not only for the 9-5 entrepreneur, but also for the entrepreneur who is interested in working at 11:00PM, 3:00AM, 5:00AM and all hours in between.  If you rent a desk or cubicle at bizperc, you have access to the space at whatever hour you prefer, making this space one of the most flexible hotspot for entrepreneurs.  For non-tenants, bizperc is open from 8:00AM-6:00PM.  But in all honesty, where else are you going to be able to find an office space at 3:30 in the morning?

24 Hours

It may not be an entrepreneur’s #1 choice for work, but the fact of the matter is, Chubby’s is open 24 hours (except they close at 2PM on Monday and reopen at 6AM on Tuesday).  Not to mention, Chubby’s is the home of delicious breakfasts, including all-you-can-eat pancakes, 3-egg omelets and cinnamon rolls.  So if you’re an entrepreneur who likes to work late and may need a pick-me-up snack at 4:00AM, Chubby’s may, surprisingly, be the place for you.

*Need a place like Chubby’s that’s closer to home?  Check out your local IHOP locations, as most are open 24 hours. 

Mon-Sat 6:30AM-10PM

Homer’s Coffee house, located in Overland Park, is the perfect spot to work from 5:00PM until 10:00PM.  For entrepreneurs that live in Johnson County, Homer’s is a convenient place to crank out some late-night work and remain close to home.  Clean, comfortable environment available to all!

Where do you like to work late at night in Kansas City? 
Please comment below with any comments or suggestions to help other entrepreneurial night-owls get in their work done in the wee hours of the night!

Think Big—even past midnight!

Written by Allison Way.  Allison is a writer for Think Big Partners, Kansas City’s mentorship-based startup accelerator and business incubator.  To read more of Allison’s work, check out the Kansas City Entrepreneurship Examiner as well as her articles on eZine, Helium and BrooWaha. 

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