Like many people in Frisco I love, sometimes just need, coffee. Americans spend an average of $13.6 billion on coffee per year and that number keeps rising.
A study in 2015 showed that the American worker spends $16.40 a week on coffee and is will exceed $21 a week for 2016. Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, local coffee shops, and at every gas station, people are stopping multiple times a day to get their fix.
So when news broke of a coffee shop coming to the Gearbox building, I couldn’t be happier.
Welcome to Nerdvana
Nervdana is a coffee shop concept dreamt up by the creative minds of Kristy Pitchford and Executive Chef Mike Junio. “We wanted a place that not only people could come to get coffee, but a place for gamers, nerds and people to relax, play some of our table top games and just feel at home.”
Nerdvana had their ribbon in July and the feel from the staff, residents and the owners is exciting. When you step inside you know you are in a coffee shop, but not the typical coffee shop that we all have been going to for years. You are in place that has a city vibe with tables benches, table top games, and outlets everywhere for any device you need to keep charged. “Gaming is huge for us , it’s who we are.”
The idea of the coffee shop was relatively new said Pitchford. “Frisco came to us about moving Gearbox here, and when we finally came to Frisco we wanted to create a “nerd culture” around us. With the campus being here and the National Videogame Museum, which we were a big part of bringing to Frisco, we wanted this to be a home for everyone involved ”
The name Nerdvana (commonly @nerdvana) came after many ideas were bounced around back and forth. “We really wanted the name but for sure thought that it would be taken or trade marked. After a search our lawyer found out it was available. I jumped on it when he gave us the news that he trade marked it for us and it was ours!”
Get Into The Games
The shop has a pretty large seating area for patrons to enjoy a break from work or of course play one of many table top games. “Gaming is who we are and we really want people to be part of that.” “Some of these games can be overwhelming to people and that might scare them away, eventually we want to welcome people here and teach them to play some the games and show them how much fun it is and ease people into it.”
At Nerdvana they take gaming very seriously. That’s no secret but the more important question is, “Do they take coffee as serously?”
I can tell you first hand that they do. “We wanted to use a local roast from day one. We have a few guy’s upstairs [at Gearbox] who take coffee very seriously. From the roast and blend and how to brew. They actually helped us a lot.
We got together with Oak Cliff Coffee and from the start they were amazing to work with. They trained us in every aspect and taught us so much to make this a successful place. Having them close and their excellent support means we can’t wait to see what this brings.”
If you’re looking for something to go with your coffee, rest assured, Chef Mike Junio knows what he’s doing. Artisan Texas Toast recipes fresh pastries from Millstone Bakery will get your day started off right or provide an excellent afternoon snack.
More Fun And Getting Things Done
Since visiting on opening day I have made Nerdvana a part of my daily ritual. The staff, coffee, and environment is a breath of fresh air to Frisco, Frisco Square, and the coffee world around us.
If you’re looking for a great place to get some work done, look no further. Our Wifi speed tests (on mobile devices only) gave us 80-90MB Up AND down. Grab the wifi code from the bottom right of the blackboard when you walk in.
Nerdvana does have something for everyone and they are continuing to add some very cool things to their plate such as a podcast booth that overlooks the entire shop.
You can buy games, check them out, and learn to play them while there.
If you are tired of the same old choices and want something different, stop by and meet the staff. Chances are I will be there sitting at a table “working,” just ignore the game in front of me!
Come hang with us at Nerdvana!
Monday – Friday: 6am – 9pm
Saturday: 8am – 9pm
Sunday: 8am – 9pm
5757 Main Street
Frisco, TX 75034