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Coworking hive Common Desk acquires indie Dallas coffee shop

Coworking hive Common Desk acquires indie Dallas coffee shop

Method Coffee in East Dallas
Coffee shops and coworking spaces go hand in hand. Method Coffee/Facebook

A Dallas co-working company is diversifying into another line of business that makes total synergistic sense. Common Desk, one of the original coworking companies, has purchased local coffee shop Method Coffee and is now managing the shop's two Dallas locations.

Coffee is usually a component at coworking spaces. But having a full-service coffee shop not only expands Common Desk's footprint, it gives them an extra selling point, says spokesperson Megan Kaye Donahoe.

"Our location in Deep Ellum has always had a little coffee bar, but we felt like it was still not quite there when it came to excellent coffee," she says. "As we were looking to expand, we felt like we wanted something to differentiate us. Being able to offer a co-working facility as well as a coffee shop brand is huge."

As they began to put out feelers, Common Desk founder Nick Clark connected with Method Coffee founder Louie Corwin, whom he knew from college. Corwin opened Method in 2014 and has made it one of Dallas' most well regarded indie coffee shops.

Coincidentally, Corwin had just put Method up for sale. The two struck a deal. Common Desk will take over the flagship at Ross and Hall, as well as the satellite shop that Method has been operating on the ground floor of the 750 N. St. Paul St. building.

Clark will rebrand Method on January 1 into a new entity still TBA. In the meantime, Common Desk will convert the flagship Method Coffee at Ross and Hall into a pop-up "Christmas Coffee Shop." There'll be holiday-inspired drinks, floor-to-ceiling Christmas decor, and quintessential Christmas quotes and cheer. The shop will extend its hours to 6:30 am-7 pm for the duration of the pop-up.