Yulia Nikitina treated us coffee lovers to Coffee Sometime in 2018 and now she just (soft) opened her brand-new place: Venu in Amsterdam. Also for those who love coffee, but even more for those who love to work or have a meeting in a design-forward environment.
Before opening Coffee Sometime Yulia had her own corporate company managing 60 employees. She quit and started her own coffee place with an interior so pretty it quickly became an Instagram hit. Unfortunately they had to close not even a year after. A head full of learned lessons she came up with a new idea together with her business partner Olga Konovalchuk. To launch a co-working space with a coffee café feeling, but without the membership. Say hello to Venu.
On the Haarlemmerdijk she found a space and decorated it with beautiful design items by Scandinavian brands Menu (green sofa) and &Tradition (chairs) for example, but also Shanghai-based Stellar Works (cupboards) and Rex Krajl (working chairs) from Slovenia. Important for all the furniture is the modular aspect: in this new normal it’s important to guarantee the 1,5 meters distance in between people. So if you work alone you need a smaller space, then when you have a meeting with three people.
Yulia herself is an entrepreneur and a mother and she noticed that when she wanted to work somewhere she sometimes had to wait for her coffee for 20 minutes. Too long if you quickly want to finish some work or have a meeting and need to pick up your daughter later on. So they have an app you can use to book your space (4 euros) and you can directly order your coffee (by Single Estate Coffee) and/or pastries (by Petit Patisserie). Then it’s ready when you arrive.
They have big plans: in a few years they want to open 100 Venu’s around Europe. You can now experience the first one in Amsterdam.
Check out: www.instagram.com/at_venu