Unique Places to Get Your Work Done

Written by: Grant Ayers
The Prairie Den

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the average workspace has radically changed from what it was a mere three years ago. While many jobs moved to a remote format entirely, others have taken a more relaxed approach that allows employees to choose where they would like to work. Whether it be in the office, at home or somewhere completely unique, opportunities for new work environments have never been greater.

Each person has ideal work environment preferences that companies aim to accommodate, as they strive for maximum productivity from each employee. Whether someone prefers absolute silence or a bit of background noise, most companies are willing to make their employees happy to get the best possible work out of them. Switch up your career scenery with some of the many great work environment opportunities in our community listed below.

Did You Know?
The term “coworking,” came from Brad Neuberg, who set up the first coworking space in San Francisco in 2005!

Railyard Offices

Coworking Spaces

Public coworking spaces have become one of the hottest trends to sweep across the nation. The Prairie Den and Railyard Offices, provide plenty of paid tier options with varying amenities. While each company requires paid membership to a certain extent, some plans are as low as $69/month. For students, The Prairie Den offers membership access priced at $40/month, including unlimited 24/7 access to the space, printing, copying, scanning and much more.

Membership levels can extend up to $350/month for the most ambitious of workers. Depending on the plan and location, these luxurious work environments can even include completely private, lockable offices, rather than just desks. If a membership may not be your preference, both companies also offer other membership options including daily punch cards and one-day passes, as well as meeting or conference rooms. These rates can depend on which space is rented, along with how many hours are booked. At both options, the spaces were built with productivity and efficiency for their clients in mind.

The Prairie Den

Friend of the Den

Student Membership

Flex Membership

Individual Membership

Desk Membership

Company Membership
Starting at $300/month

Railyard Offices

Virtual Office
Starting at $69/month

Hot Desk
Starting at $150/month

Dedicated Desk
Starting at $250/month

Private Offices
Starting at $350/month

The Jasper Hotel Lobby

Hotel lobbies have long been a staple of business congregation. The addition of the Jasper Hotel to the Downtown Fargo scene offers the same. Having been recently completed in the summer of 2021, Jasper Hotel offers a contemporary, high-end working experience. Complete with a cafe, lounge and bar/restaurant, there are plenty of amenities to keep you occupied, while also having a relaxing time away from the office or home. The Jasper Hotel offers a fully-functional workspace like few others in the Downtown Fargo area. With free Wi-Fi, spacious community tables and a fireplace to stay warm in the winter months (not to mention delicious food and drinks), the Jasper Hotel has everything you need to feel right at home. Furthermore, the Jasper Hotel is in the heart of Downtown Fargo, which makes it a short walk from plenty of local restaurants and shops in the area. For the workers that prefer to take a lunch break without having to move everything, Rosewild may be the perfect place to treat yourself to an unforgettable meal in the heart of Fargo. Rosewild offers unique cafe breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, all with the promised “comfortable, delicious and never pretentious” dining experience that they advertise.

Hours of Operation

Cafe Hours
Daily: 7:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Cafe Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
CafeLunch (Tuesday-Friday): 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Dinner Hours
Wednesday-Thursday: 5:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Lounge Hours
Tuesday-Saturday: 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday-Monday: 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Did You Know?
Rosewild’s Head Chef, Austin Covert, previously worked at two, two Michelin-star restaurants!

Fargo Public Library

The Fargo Public Library has been a landmark in the community for more than 100 years. Because many of us haven’t been to a library since our youth, it’s easy to forget the number of opportunities that they offer to all ages. The public library has three branches, offering plenty of locations to find a free, peaceful area to focus in.

The library may not offer a high-end dining experience, yet it immensely succeeds a worker’s core needs: peace and quiet, an ideal place to focus and a free Wi-Fi internet connection.

Fargo Public Library Branch Locations:

Main Library
1014th Street North Fargo, ND 58102

Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Fridays: 11:00 a.m.- 6:00p.m.
Saturdays: 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00- 6:00 p.m.

Dr. James Carlson Library
2801 32nd Avenue South Fargo, ND 58103

Monday-Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Fridays: 11:00 a.m.- 6:00p.m.
Saturdays: 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00- 6:00 p.m.

Did You Know?
The Fargo Public Library offers more than 165,000 books to choose from!

Northport Library
2714 North Broadway Fargo,ND 58102

Monday-Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Fridays: 11:00 a.m.- 6:00p.m.
Saturdays: 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: CLOSED

Did You Know?
The Fargo Public Library offers more than 165,000 books to choose from!

Northern Plains Botanic Gardens

Take a virtual tour through the gardens here!

As the winter season draws to a close, working outside will once again become enjoyable. There are few places better to work in outdoor scenery than the Northern Plain Botanic Garden Society. The Botanic Garden was founded in the spring of 1998, quickly receiving its nonprofit status in 1999. Over the years, people have dedicated themselves to ensuring a clean, expansive and peaceful retreat into beauty for those that need anything ranging from a break filled with scenery to inspiration in the outdoors. The best time to visit is between April and October, as that’s when the plants are actively flowering during their growing season. Furthermore, the gardens offer picnic tables, walking paths, seating areas and public garden gates that are also open from April through October.

Most people need a short-lived break to keep their minds sharp and productivity levels high. The Botanic Garden may not offer Wi-Fi for workers that rely on a steady internet connection. Rather, they offer a place for the creative mind, as well as those that need a temporary disconnect.

Whether you’re an artist looking for inspiration, a designer that needs beautiful photos for a website or advertisement, or simply a worker looking to take a short break from the world around them, the Botanic Garden is perfect in the coming warmer spring months. The Garden is open from sunrise to sunset, allowing anyone to take advantage of the meditative opportunity.

Directional signs near the entrance by The Greenhouse

Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society

Local Coffee Shops

Coffee shops have always been a popular choice when looking for a relaxed place to get work done. With big chains such as Starbucks and Caribou Coffee being busier than ever, it can be challenging to be productive and get tasks done. Local coffee shops represent some of the best-hidden gems of Fargo and, because of this, may be the better option. Workers can not only get work done in a quiet environment but also feel proud to know that they’re supporting a local, small business.

Luckily for us, there’s no shortage of local coffee shops within the community. With over a dozen coffeehouses in Fargo alone, the F-M area offers plenty of opportunities for the most meticulous of coffee connoisseurs. Some of the most popular among college students include Twenty Below Coffee Co. and Babb’s Coffee House. Students will often bring their class materials, grab a coffee with a friend and study over a delicious coffee. One way to keep a fresh work environment is to switch up the coffee shop you work at. This will keep you from getting too comfortable with the location and give you plenty of chances to find a new favorite coffee from a local coffee shop.

Some of the many local coffee shops in the area:

Twenty Below Coffee Co.
14 Roberts St N
Fargo, ND 58102

Youngblood Coffee Roasters
623 2nd Ave N
Fargo, ND 58102

Bully Brew Coffee
3216 Veterans Blvd
Fargo, ND 58104

Thunder Coffee
300 SheynneSt #190
West Fargo, ND 58078

Babb’s CoffeeHouse
604 Main Ave
Fargo, ND 58103

Moxie Java
3150 Sheyenne St
West Fargo, North Dakota 5807

Red RA Venespresso Parlor
916 Main Ave
Fargo, ND 58103

Atomic Coffee Roasters
222 Broadway N
Fargo, ND 58102

Beans Coffee Bar (2 locations)

5675 26th Ave S Suite 100
Fargo, ND 58104

2550 S University Dr
Fargo, ND 58103

Red River Coffee Co.
2600 52nd Ave South
Fargo, ND 58104

Did You Know?
Worldwide, people drink over 500 billion cups of coffee every year!

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Grant is a Senior Editor at Spotlight Media. Grant writes for Fargo INC! and Bis-Man INC!