Third Place

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The Rum & Bean at Mahogany Bay is a Third Place throughout the day; it is a coffee shop in the morning and a rum bar at night. A Third Place stands behind the First Place of home and the Second Place of work, and is the place (to borrow the Cheers tagline) where everyone knows your name. The single crew of a Third Place is the barista in the morning and the bartender in the evening. Amazingly, the Rum & Bean turned a substantial profit before Mahogany Bay closed on a single cottage because it became known as such a cool place by the surrounding neighbors. This supposedly impossible task was accomplished precisely because it is incredibly small. Third Places are also amazingly resilient, able to thrive in neighborhoods that are only beginning to recover from decades of decline. This ability makes them agents of that recovery, pulling people into those neighborhoods who might not go there otherwise.

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