• Katie McCarthy

Work Remotely: Give your dining room table a break with 7 great shops

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This is the second article of a four-part series mapping out what makes Gaston County such a great place for remote work.

Remote work can be a big change for anyone whose daily routine involves driving into the office, coffee in hand, ready to take on the day from your desk. Without the familiarity of your office desk or co-workers, remote work can feel isolating. But, for those of us lucky enough to live in Gaston County, remote work doesn't have to feel like a chore. Local businesses big and small are here to save the day. Free wireless internet is just the beginning with these seven businesses here to fix your remote-work woes—just don't forget your charger.

133 West

133 West Mountain St., Kings Mountain

Brunch: Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Summer is on its way, making it the perfect time of year to take your remote work outside. Grab a seat at 133 West's outdoor patio. With brunch and lunch options, the work never has to stop. Watch your 1 o'clock meeting fly by with a Caprese sandwich or arugula salad by your side. After logging out for the day, stretch your legs at Crowders Mountain State Park or grab a drink from Cavendish Brewing Company.

Catawba Coffee Co.

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

104 W Charlotte Ave, Mount Holly

Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

A Mount Holly favorite, at Catawba Coffee Co. free Wi-Fi is only the start to a productive day of work. Settle down with a great cup of coffee and a delicious pastry and see for yourself how easy it is to stay on task in this cozy environment. After a hard day of work, reward yourself by hopping over to POP-Maize-N for some gourmet popcorn or Queen Bee Bakery for a sweet treat.

The Everyday Market

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside
Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

7 S. Main St., Belmont

Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Make The Everyday Market your everyday stop for remote work with simple sweets that pair beautifully with the perfect cup of coffee. Add a bit of crunch to your workday with hazelnut tortes and everyday bagels or add a fruity twist with strawberry white chocolate mousse and mango frappes. Either way, your clients and coworkers are sure to be impressed with this local coffee hub.

Floyd and Blackies

Evey McFadden, Gaston Outside

137 8th Ave, Cramerton

Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.-6 p.m.

Ice cream at work? Say no more. With Floyd and Blackies' ice cream varieties, combined with their free wireless internet, the productivity possibilities are endless. Work outside on their sunny patio or snag a seat in one of their private rooms, perfect for meeting with clients or co-workers. After putting in those hours, stretch your legs with their kayak rentals through the Floating Goat or take a walk around Goat Island Park.

Fryeday Coffee Roasters

Randy Rivera, Gaston Outside

106 E. 1st Street, Unit B., Lowell

Monday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Located in the lovely Downtown Lowell, Fryeday Coffee Roasters has all you need for a day outside of your house. Coffee, tea and sweets await, as well as plush chairs and a patio. Grab a glass of wine or a beer after work and don't forget to take home a bag of locally roasted beans.

Gaston Pour House

Grant Baldwin, Gaston Outside

170 S. South St., 103B, Gastonia

Sunday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

With coffee, lunch, wine and beer, Gaston Pour House is the perfectly situated bistro for work. Located in Downtown Gastonia, with outdoor tables available, Gaston Pour House makes an excellent alternative to the norm (or maybe it will be come your norm).

Mugshots Coffee and Tea

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

35 N. Main St., Belmont

Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Watch the hours fly by as you sip on a cup of locally sourced coffee or tea from Mugshots Coffee & Tea located inside Belmont's Specialty Foods. Free wireless internet pairs wonderfully with a freshly baked muffin or Kombucha. After finishing up your work for the day, take your client on an elegant dinner to The Bottle Tree, conveniently located down the street.

Warlick YMCA

2221 Robinwood Rd., Gastonia

Monday-Thursday, 5 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday 5 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

A YMCA may not be the first place you think to go when working remotely, but the Warlick YMCA checks all the right boxes. Its open front lobby with comfy chairs, a fireplace, and free Wi-Fi, of course, make it the perfect place for a day of productivity. Keep the ideas flowing with a mid-day workout or a dive in the pool to get your blood pumping.