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Coffee is essential to every SoHo work day, whether you’re up before sunrise or here for an evening meeting. We know that good coffee can set you on the right track to productivity in the workplace, so we’re making things easier by telling you one of our favorite coffee spots in downtown Manhattan: Grounded. Located on Jane Street in the West Village, Grounded is an adorably modern coffee bar where you are almost guaranteed to spend less than 10 dollars on your drink and meal. The delicious sandwiches offered at Grounded are a happy addition to the already extensive coffee and tea menu, and prices are more than reasonable. We are huge fans of the Cafe Aloha, an espresso with steamed coconut milk… mmmmm. Grounded is open every day from 7am to 9pm, which means you’ve got plenty of time before, during, and after your SoHo work day to check it out. When you’re finished with a long day, nothing feels better than saving money on a filling and delicious meal. Take our advice, and stop at Grounded the next time you’re downtown and hungry!

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new york creative conferenceA New York creative conference can be an extraordinary chance for your employees to think outside the box, brainstorm new ideas, and get to know one another. However, in order for these things to happen, the conference must be planned right. The most important way to ensure that your employees stay engaged and motivated is by using incentives. Creating programs that offer rewards for your employees’ success allows them to work hard for a clear goal. Your team will not only be more motivated this way, but also more likely to stay at your company, since they’ll feel that their hard work is being recognized. A New York creative conference provides an opportunity for you to introduce these incentives to your employees and observe the changes in productivity through day-long brainstorming sessions and other creative exercises. For more reasons why employee incentives are a good idea, check out this article from Entrepreneur.

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soho corporate meeting siteChoosing a SoHo corporate meeting site for your training, brainstorming or work event will be the best choice you make for your business. There are many things that put the SoHo area at the top of our list, which makes it the perfect location to host an offsite company meeting. Here are just a few of the reasons your company will benefit from working in the SoHo area:

So(Ho) convenient!
One of the things we appreciate most about working in SoHo every day is the easy commute. Because it’s practically the center of downtown Manhattan, the abundant public transportation in the area will take you pretty much anywhere. On top of all the public train and bus lines that run throughout, the area is filled with Citi Bike stops that will allow you to breeze through Little Italy, Chinatown and Wall Street in a matter of minutes. And if biking isn’t your thing, nothing beats simply taking a walk down Centre Street and doing some window shopping on the way home!

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Up your food mood!
Name a meal, and you can find it in SoHo. Whether you’re in the mood for some classic Italian, or finding a hot new tapas place, there are plenty of options. And what better way to revitalize your team by taking a break from your SoHo corporate meeting site and heading to one of these delicious stops for lunch, or perhaps ordering straight to your meeting space. Taking a break over good food can ultimately encourage productivity and communicative relationships among your employees.

Can’t forget coffee!
While this could have gone in the section above, we think coffee deserves its own paragraph. SoHo is THE coffee haven of New York –  within two minutes of exploring the neighborhood, you’re bound to past at least a handful of trendy coffee shops. Click here for a handy list we’ve put together of our personal favorite coffee spots, or feel free to see where your nose takes you!

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24/7 inspiration!
A SoHo corporate meeting site will inspire your team naturally. The medley of culture, design, people, and things to do will keep your employees thinking creatively before they arrive at work, and when they leave. There is so much to simply see on the street, that no matter where you are and where you’re going, you will find inspiration from the most unique things. Productive team work can stem from a stimulating environment, so having everyone meet in the downtown center of Manhattan will energize, excite and encourage new thinking!

Whether you want to move your business full-time, or simply spice things up in your company training by hosting your meetings offsite, SoHo is almost positively the right place for you. With a SoHo corporate meeting site, you’ll enjoy immediate access to the coolest, busiest most delicious spots in NYC! For even more reasons why SoHo is THE pick for your business location, check out this article!

 

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nyc executive meetingWhen you get all the executives in your company together in one room, it can be a great opportunity to discover the best ways to keep tabs on your company culture. Your company culture can only be maintained if it’s a priority for the higher-ups, which is why an NYC executive meeting is a chance to emphasize its importance. In order to make sure the executives of the company are going about company culture in the right way, make sure they practice empathy. Empathy allows the CEO, boss, or manager to understand what the employee is feeling and thinking, and adjust aspects of the workplace accordingly. An NYC executive meeting is the perfect place to practice exercises that emphasize empathy, and hopefully bring that quality back to the office. For more reasons why empathy is key to building company culture, check out this article from Entrepreneur.

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new york creative meetingSometimes a New York creative meeting can experience a lull if employees aren’t feeling inspired or motivated. Creative meetings often focus on innovative ways to widen the company’s audience and potential clients, but online marketing can be difficult to navigate and understand sometimes, and finding content that caters to your audience is hard if you aren’t focused. One way to make it easier on your employees is by introducing them to helpful online tools that can help them stay on task and manage the company’s online presence with ease. Social media and website analytics are important to understanding where the company’s business is coming from, and what they can do differently to attract more traffic. One online tool that can help with this is Buffer, which allows you to pre-schedule up to 10 posts on multiple social media platforms, and see your company’s social media analytics. Tools like these are meant to assist your creative team, which is why introducing them to your team in your next New York creative meeting could be the boost they need to be productive throughout the day. For more helpful online tools, check out this list from The Social Ms!

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soho creative workshopAfter your SoHo creative workshop, why leave the area when there is inspiration all around you? Last week, amongst the great food, shopping, and cultural hotspots in the downtown area, we discovered The Drawing Center! Located just minutes away from SoHoSoleil, this unique art gallery has on display some amazing hand-drawn works that span over a few-hundred year range. The collection is refined to purely drawings, which makes for a very interesting mix of subject matter and styles. For example, intricate scientific illustrations from the 1800’s are juxtaposed with large, semi-abstract panels inspired by lines in architecture and basic geometric forms. It’s interesting to see the ways in which these many artists use the same universal tool to express their respective visions. There are always multiple exhibitions at the museum, and artists are brought in every couple of months, so there is always something new to see at The Drawing Center! The museum’s modern finishes and well-organized curation make it a refreshing, inspiring place to enjoy alone, or with friends and family. For just five dollars, our minds were blown by the intricacies and possibilities of hand-drawn art, and we think yours should be too. So after your SoHo creative workshop, keep that creativity flowing by visiting The Drawing Center on Wooster and Grand!

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downtown photoshoot locationIf you’re searching for a space in Manhattan for your next photoshoot, you’ll want to look downtown for the trendiest neighborhoods and spaces. With a great surrounding area, it’s easy to take the photoshoot from the studio to the street and get some creative shots. That’s why it’s important to know how to choose the downtown photoshoot location that best fits your needs. These are some essential things to look for in your search:

Big, open floor plan.
You’ll want a space that you can truly transform to fit the vibe of the shoot. With lots of open space, it’s easy to set up all your equipment and still have room to bring in props to style the space the way you want it. A downtown photoshoot location with an open, spacious floor plan will also allow you to have separate areas for the cameras, catering, hair and makeup, and a dressing area. This is important so that the crew and the talent don’t feel cramped and can have plenty of room to relax on breaks.

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Lots of natural light.
Natural light can be essential to getting a great shot. Your downtown photoshoot location should have lots of windows that let in plenty of sunlight, in order to prevent against harsh lighting in your photos. A naturally bright space will also make it easier for you when it comes time to edit the photos, since the subject of the photo will already be bathed in light.

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The ability to get creative.
Make sure to choose a space that encourages creativity. Locations with lots of strict rules about things like moving furniture or where you can and can’t shoot will undoubtedly hinder your creative vision. Instead, look for a space that encourages you to think outside the box and use the space to its fullest.

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Check out this article for more tips on what to look for when choosing a photoshoot space!

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new york meeting spaceThere are a lot of qualities that go in to being a good manager, but the most important is leadership. A good manager must have the knowledge and confidence necessary to lead their team to success. A smart way to ensure you’re being the best manager you can be is by exercising those leadership skills in a New York meeting space. Meeting spaces outside the office allow the manager to actually organize, instruct, and oversee their team in a new, creative environment, which will let the manager pinpoint exactly which areas they or their team can improve in. A New York meeting space also provides a nurturing environment for new ideas, since your company is able to work in a fun environment instead of the typical office meeting room. A good manager is encouraging and welcoming to new ideas and innovation, and they can easily exercise this quality in an offsite space. The manager can use the space to lay out these ideas on flip charts, Post-its, note cards, or other fun methods in order to keep everyone engaged and excited. This will also show that the manager cares about how the employee feels about the product or idea at hand. For more tips on what it means to be a good manager, check out this article from American Management Association!

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business meeting downtownBy the time you’re done with your business meeting downtown, you’ll probably be ready to eat. And what better place to be than the heart of the Lower East Side? Located on one of the liveliest parts of Essex Street, between Stanton and Rivington, is a Venezuelan food-heaven you won’t be able to resist. Patacon Pisao is a small restaurant making big waves, whose legacy began in a food truck popular among New Yorkers in the early 2000’s. Now, their permanent location is on Essex and has locals coming back for more. Patacon Pisao perfects all of our Venezuelan favorites, from crispy arepas, to delicious Yuca fries in spicy dipping sauce. The plantains offer something sweet and unique, while steak and chorizo bring rich, juicy flavor. There are options for everyone, from meat-lovers to vegetarians (who will adore the super-cheesy “L’artist Arepa”). With super reasonable prices, quick counter service, and a funky fresh atmosphere, Patacon Pisao meets all of our post-work dinner needs. What better way to end or begin your evening downtown than with hot food, friends and vibes, just steps away from LES night life! Check out this article from the New York Times to read more about Patacon Pisao. Be sure to stop by after your business meeting downtown!

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