Gallup, New Mexico, is a little town lining what used to be Route-66. It’s nestled a mesa. It’s one long strip of old businesses, many shuttered, some still plugging along.

Last August I spent the night here on my drive from California back home to Charlottesville. I managed to find a little diamond in the rough. A little coffee roaster called Gallup Coffee Company. Their coffee is quite good and I made a mental note, and blog post about it. So I had to stop and pick up a mocha on my way through.

As I drove up the street to the shop I was worried it had been lost to COVID like so many other places. I was pleasantly surprised to see it open with a few customers hanging out inside.

Time to drink my coffee and get back on the road. This little town has captured my heart. I love it.


Working from the Coffee Shop

The Atlantic: “In many ways, however, the golden age of the coffeehouse workday is now, as any barista can attest. Over the last decade, I’ve done a fair amount of work in traditional offices, where I am least efficient, various apartments, where I tend to work longer and more productive hours, and a string of coffee shops, the places where I’ve turned out the most usable words per working minute.”

I’ve only done this a few times. Starbucks didn’t really do it for me. The one I was in didn’t have a nice comfy spot to sit. I did, however, had great success adding new features to RxCalc while sitting in Cappella Coffee House when we lived in Exeter. They had a nice squishy couch to sit on, and just enough background noise to make it the perfect setting.

Hashtag Fresno; Work. Play. Create.Speaking of perfect settings. Are you in the Fresno area? There’s a new co-working shop called The Hashtag you should visit if you’re after that coffee house feel and would like to be around other creatives.

Want to know what it looks like? Go check it out.