A coffeshop (or equivalent) where communications devices are checked at the door.
The goal of a Quietshop is to provide a shelter from the distraction and stress of constant connectivity. When someone is visiting a Quietshop, the expectation is that they are not immediately available, but they can be reached in case of emergency.
A Quietshop is broken into at least three distinct spaces:
- A common area where visitors can meet and converse
- A quiet area where library rules apply
- A reception area where communication devices are checked and monitored by the attendant
Additional spaces of the same or other types may be available, but to meet the definition of a Quietshop these three areas must be present and acoustically isolated.
When visiting a Quietshop, you enter through the reception area where you are greeted by an attendant who safely stores your communication devices in a check area. If your device demands attention during your visit (you can define what that means for the attendant) the attendant will make a note of the request and deliver it to you. If you need to immediately respond to the request, you can do so in the reception area.