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Jun. 5, 2013 at 7:45am

The Business Case for Corina: A Petition

I know I'm not alone in expressing my love for Corina Bakery. Their rich sausage quiche fills my stomach for breakfast. A cup full of banana and vanilla wafer pudding brings back a bit of childhood. I hear their Valhalla coffee is top notch (I don't drink coffee). Neighborly staff who always has a warm greeting whenever they see you. But there's just one, tiny/huge thing not to love...

Wifi. Dun, dun, dunnnnnnn! It's horrifically bad. After recently striking out on my own I find myself seeking out Corina for all of the above plus their ample room and tables to setup my laptop for a few hours to get some work done. Unfortunately, their connection is spotty and the speed is something akin to a dial-up connection from the late '90s.

Why do I care since it's a free service office by them (and most cafes)? Because they're losing money due to the shabby connectivity. Mine and that of others I've talked to who simply can't get any work done and are opting for other local cafes instead. Well, rather than quietly complain and leave/avoid them I've instead written this post and ask you to sign this petition to encourage improvement.

If you agree, leave your comment below to Corina and ask them to fix/upgrade their 'net connection or wifi routers. Tell them you love them but want to spend more time with them!

We love you Corina!
Fix your wifi and let us give you more money!


comments [18]  |  posted under coffee, food, freelance, restaurant, tacoma

Comments

by Paolo on 6/5/2013 @ 8:01am
I second the motion. I tried going there once to work and couldn't get decent Wifi. I am not hesitant to stop in for a treat, unless I need to get online!

by Jesse on 6/5/2013 @ 8:08am
I've been in there before and couldn't get a seat.  The WIFI attracts too many people doing computer work for hours after their latte or snack is done.  I'm not against that, but, when there aren't any seats for the paying customers, it's a problem.

by KevinFreitas on 6/5/2013 @ 8:12am
Good point @Jesse. I, for one, always buy a couple things when I know I'm going to be there for a bit. Plus, their wifi has a password you need to ask for which (hopefully) ups the guilt to encourage buying something.

by NineInchNachos on 6/5/2013 @ 8:14am
faulty by design :) 


by Jesse on 6/5/2013 @ 8:15am
I've been at the Amocat long after my drink was done using the WIFI there.  I'm guilty of it too.  People do need to realize that these are businesses though and they need to turn over customers.  If I saw Amocat filling up with people, and I was done with my drink, I'd leave.  Some people don't do that.

So ya, RR might be right. It may be faulty by design.

by RP253 on 6/5/2013 @ 8:26am
Love my #coffeeporn but I agree 100% on the wifi issues. 

by cisserosmiley on 6/5/2013 @ 8:45am
It makes me wish the municipal wifi network had been completed. Our whole city would be enjoying better times. 

by stevedunkel on 6/5/2013 @ 9:20am
It is well worth the investment of a few bucks, geeesh

by Maria on 6/5/2013 @ 6:21pm
Yes, love Corina, have struggled with their wifi also. Hope they'll upgrade their wifi...it's a lovely place to work and their baked goods and coffee are delicious.


by dorian.maine.9 on 6/10/2013 @ 1:37am
im one of those people who uses the wifi for hours there, but like kevin said the fact that there is a password and that its a busy spot definitely makes me guilty enough to shell out 2 or 3 times most times i visit. however i would gladly spend twice that if their wifi were better than anywhere else in town.

by KevinFreitas on 6/10/2013 @ 7:00am
Thanks for chiming in @dorian and welcome to FeedTacoma! I'm right there with you. Good wifi is worth it to me as a customer and I'd be happy to make it worth Corina's while.

by fredo on 6/11/2013 @ 9:45am


  I know a former owner of the Mandolin. I was told that the people who sat there all day using the free Wi-Fi were killing the business....and now the place is gone. There is a new device on the market now that eliminates most need for these free wifi coffee shops. It's called the smart phone. Has anyone else ever heard of it? 

by KevinFreitas on 6/11/2013 @ 10:03am
Sure have heard of it @fredo. But wifi is necessary to get actual work done on something like a laptop. I'm not even asking for a blazing fiber optic gigabit connection or anything crazy nor do I want to sit there and stream HD movies all day. The basics like checking email or loading a webpage at Corina don't even work and that, to me, is what should be fixed or, alternatively and if it's such a business killer, shut it off all together.

by fredo on 6/11/2013 @ 12:48pm
 " wifi is necessary to get actual work done on something like a laptop" 

What sort of work are people doing who are too cheap to buy their own high speed connection? Mine only costs $45 per month and there are much cheaper alternatives.

by KevinFreitas on 6/11/2013 @ 3:02pm
*raises hand*

Maybe once my business is more established I can go there but, for now, I very rarely work away from my home office so the cost would be justified. Plus I'd rather the money I pay for a connection come with pastries and quiche! ;)

by fredo on 6/11/2013 @ 3:13pm


sounds like Corina would be better served just to cancel the wifi service and only cater to people who are there for the food and beverages. When I'm looking for an available table at a restaurant I don't want to see every table occupied by somebody with their head buried in their laptop. That means...a long wait. Just my opinion. 

by KevinFreitas on 6/12/2013 @ 6:46am
You can likely thank Starbucks for starting the trend of cafes becoming the "third place" in our lives. Have no fear, however, as I'm also happy to occupy a spot at a place like The Red Hot as I've done a couple times in the past week to eat, drink, and use their wifi to work.

by chairkicker on 6/13/2013 @ 2:52pm
For whatever it's worth, Cafe Brosseau on N 21st sets a great balance between (a) being a friendly little neighborhood/corner cafe and (b) accommodating people who'd prefer to work or study in public.

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