• About the Good Stuff Utah This Morning – From Central Perk on “Friends” to Café Nervosa on “Frasier,” coffeehouses have long been a popular place for TV characters to work and hang out, sometimes for hours on end. And the same goes for non-fictional people in real life. “People enjoy the energy associated with a lively, friendly coffee shop and choose to do business as well as learn and socialize,” says Diane Gottsman, author of Modern Etiquette for a Better Life and The Protocol School. the founder of Texas. “But like everything else in life, there are a few rules of etiquette that make the experience go smoother.” We should always strive to be considerate of others when in public settings, and the coffee shop is no exception. Speaking with HuffPost, Gottsman and other etiquette experts shared some common rude behavior they’ve observed in coffee shops and tips for not becoming a transgressor.
    • Holding the line
      • “Read the menu and know what you want before you get to the counter,” Gottsman advised. “Don’t stand there and stare for a few minutes while you decide which size latte you prefer. Asking questions is good and being friendly is a plus, but talking too long frustrates the people behind you.” Try to be ready to order when you get to the front of the line, and remember that there are ways to be considerate of others even when you’re not ready. “If you need more time to decide, step aside and let the person behind you step forward,” says Nick Leighton, co-host of Wreed You Raised by Wolves. podcast.
    • Hang out without shopping
      • “First and foremost, people need to remember that this coffee shop is a business,” said Jody RR Smith, president of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting in Massachusetts. “If the store doesn’t make enough money, it will close. This means that if you want this cafe to stay open, you have to support them financially with your purchases.” He recommended a minimum of one purchase per sitting hour, adding a tip as well. “You can stay longer when it’s not crowded,” Smith added. “As seating gets scarce, you can stay as long as you’re actively consuming your drink.” In addition to ordering additional drinks or food, you’ll want to look up periodically to survey the crowd situation and see if new customers are patiently waiting for a table. “If you’re going to park with your laptop for a long time, make sure the cafe is really welcoming,” Leighton said. “And then be careful how long you linger, especially during rush hour.”
    • Hold the big table as one person
      • “It’s also important to be mindful of your space,” Gottsman said. “If you’re sitting at a table for four and there are several people waiting, you might want to consider grabbing one chair or a bar stool to make room for others.” Of course, you may be sitting with a group of friends or colleagues at first and need a bigger table. But when they leave, consider downsizing. And if it’s just you to begin with, do your best to sit in the most efficient spot. Tune in for more tips and hot topics in today’s Good Things Utah.