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October 19, 2010

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Don’t Gamble With Wakulla’s Future

What is an Internet cafe? The name has a seemingly singular meaning—a peaceful and professional location for enterprising individuals to connect with one another and the world around them using the latest web-based technologies. Quite simply, Internet cafes provide a comfortable setting for like-minded entrepreneurs to work.

However, the recent influx of several professed Internet cafes has added a particular ambiguity to the conventional concept. Exploiting certain loopholes in Florida state law, the proprietors of these misnomered institutions operate under the guise of a connected cafe, but actually entice clientele with online gambling credit. Thus far, the gaming parlors have escaped the legal ramifications of gambling promotion by calling the credits an additional benefit of the Internet access price.

As the legality of these establishments has not yet been fully explored, they (and similar businesses across the state) are under a great deal of police scrutiny. Comparable business models that utilize included gaming have appeared in Florida before, but few still exist today. As expected, the tenuous relationship these outfits have with the law rarely lends itself to fostering the professional atmosphere expected of true Internet cafes.

It is that same need for a genuinely professional public workplace that lead to the creation of The Works Coworking Cafe. The Works is predicated on the idea that enthusiastic, motivated intellectuals should have consistent access to appropriate accommodations right here in Wakulla. We want to provide the forward-thinking citizens of Wakulla with an engaging and practical work environment, where they can connect to continue helping better our community.

Networking has long been one of the principal tent-poles of a strong community, and The Works is designed, specifically, to help innovative individuals share the ideas that may someday change the world.

Our community is growing everyday, and the citizens and leaders of Wakulla need a communal venue that will allow them to ensure this city continues to realize its full potential, without the influence of recreational gaming. The Works is that venue. Come share a cup of coffee, and find out why.

Don’t gamble with Wakulla’s future. Invest in it.

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September 17, 2010

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Committed To Coffee

Whether it’s standards and protocols or sustainability, the Specialty Coffee Association of America is dedicated to “helping to bring great pleasure to millions of people each day.” We here at The Works have joined that cause with as much passion and enthusiasm as thousands of other SCAA members deliver each day to their customers.

We’re proud to be one of the only members of the SCAA in the North Florida region and we are committed to upholding their mission “to learn, grow and collaborate for the betterment of the specialty coffee industry.”

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August 28, 2010

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Help Me Change The World!

It all started with just another crazy idea of changing the world.

Starting in Wakulla?!

Yep, Wakulla. Crawfordville to be exact. Population 30,000. Some would say that it’s nothing more than a bedroom community to Tallahassee. Or an eco-tourism destination. Heck, we don’t even have decent beaches. Those are further west.

We were one of the typical communities impacted by the real estate boom-and-bust era that created the economic malaise of today. Our neighbors lost jobs. Banks stopped lending. And small businesses, the bedrock of rural areas, closed shop forever.

Then there was the BP oil spill.

So I did the craziest thing I could think of: I leased 2,000 square feet of space in the center of town.

I’m opening “The Works” – Wakulla’s coworking cafe.

Yes, The Works is a cafe. We’ll have that cool cafe ambience, comfy seating, free wifi and, of course, gourmet coffee and tea. Actually, over 60 varieties of coffee and tea. It’s what we call a “highly personalized coffee experience.”

But my vision for The Works is much more than serving a great cappuccino:

“Our vision is to become Wakulla’s business and social hub for big ideas that change the world through collaboration, community, sustainability, openness, and accessibility.”

We will build this community hub by coworking together.

Coworking is the social gathering of a group of people, who are still working independently, but who share values, and who are interested in the synergy that can happen from working with talented people in the same space.* wikipedia coworking

The coworking space we’re creating will have many great features including:

  • 8 “Think Pods” (what others may call offices)
  • The Agora (conference room)
  • A smart, but casual, cafe
  • The coworking visa program that allows our members when traveling to fully participate for free in other coworking spaces found worldwide
  • Strategic partnerships with other local businesses to provide discount products and services
  • Business support services (eventually to include virtual assistants)
  • Workshops, off-the-cup conferences and other events
  • An online coworking space that includes knowledgebases, forums and libraries
  • A website showcasing our members and what they’re doing
  • Member-to-member connection assistance
  • Networking opportunities galore
  • And more, of course

All we really need is some stuff to quickly get this space going. Hopefully that’s where you come in. However, by pledging your support your not just helping us buy stuff that goes inside a building.  Rather, you are committing to working with other pledglings to change Wakulla, and the world, forever. If you cannot pledge financial support, please consider “making rain” by telling all of your friends and family about this endeavor.

I wholeheartedly believe that all of us working together in the right environment will create a new Wakulla and a better world.

Thank you and God bless,

Chuck Robinson

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