The Proto Buildbar.
If you're familiar with this place (or you're lucky enough to call it your second home), then you know that it is a real gem. To say that we were awestruck would be an understatement. It has the typical bells and whistles of a fine coffee shop: couches to lounge as you sip your iced soyvanillamochanowhiptriple latte while you study code or catch up on the latest xkcd, a mid-high table top with stools to really do some work on your laptop, and another corner is filled with a couple of sectionals - perfect spot to socialize with friends about schematizing world dominance. Oh wait, maybe just plan your next, ahem, project.
Above: 1. MobileWill's brother relaxes while reading from his device.
2. Portraits of famous makers + thinkers line the walls. Woz should be in place of Jobs, though.
Okay, you're thinking, "Yeah so? Sounds like Central Perk to me!" Well, yes and but no. It's actually way more than a 90's sitcom reference. Located near the Dragons' baseball stadium in the city of Dayton, it's an epic cafe that not only brews a fine cuppa, but has the means to 3D print and solder. The space is nicely laid out, too. The front of the house keeps the couches and lounge areas, while the center has the bar to the left, which faces a shelving unit loaded with about ten to twelve 3D printers, just waiting for your next design. Opposite of that you'll find eight soldering stations neatly organized, each complete with the necessary tools to tinker away. In front of them is a shelf filled with so many kits to solder up, one could literally spend every day there all summer long and still have things to make! The back of the space houses something of dreams: the world's largest claw machine (see below). Also, lavatories, 'cause you know, coffee.
One of the few times we wished we carried cash.
MobileWill teaches his sister how to build in TinkerCad at the bar.
Right: An old gym locker cabinet filled with kits. Left: Beautiful, organized soldering stations.
We were like rabid kids in a candy store, each turning corner we would find something else to feast our grabby little hands...lots of 3D printed examples, interesting artwork, and kits galore. We even dumped all of our change in their gumball machines just to get 3D printed items.
Right: The vintage decor caught my attention. Also, that mural!
Left: Don't like the tune that's playing? Press the Song Skip button! I wanted to try it but the music was too good.