Barnes & Noble now offers free wi-fi, and it’s about time. Many smaller coffee shops and bookstores beat B&N to the punch, but the world’s largest bookseller has finally come to their senses. Free wi-fi is now available at all their stores.
I go to the B&N at The Promenade Shops in Loveland, and one issue I have with the place are the unhappy workers. It’s service with a frown. Another problem is their coffee. It’s Starbucks. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, I use to love Starbucks, but no more. So many other, smaller coffee roasters have popped up over the years, and Starbucks hasn’t kept up with the competition. At B&N I usually stick with tea.
Other free Northern Colorado wi-fi hot-spots I use:
The Coffee Tree, inside Anthology Book Company at 422 E. Fourth Street in Loveland, Colorado. This locally owned coffee shop has a loyal following and it can be difficult to find a table for you and your laptop, but the coffee is great (they roast it) and service is always top notch. The best bet for finding a free table is around 2 p.m. in the afternoon.
Colorado Coffee Company, located in the First National Bank building at the corner of Eisenhower and Boyd Lake Rd. (CR9) in Loveland. This place, originally a Loveland Coffee location, is now owned by Colorado Coffee Company. It’s a small space, but sort of secret, so I can usually find a place to sit with my laptop. The coffee is above average and the staff makes consistently good drinks. I order an americano with Irish cream and it’s always exactly the same no matter who makes it.
Daz Bog, Denver Avenue location in Loveland. I debated adding this locally owned franchise to my list. I use to go there quite often, but lately I’ve mostly avoided it. First, their music is usually too loud for working on my laptop and secondly, where B&N employees are rather unfriendly, Daz Bog’s employees are too chipper – sometimes I just don’t feel like discussing my day. Lastly, their coffee isn’t my favorite and drinks can be inconsistent.