The Old Normal


A Call For Connection

Not healed, but healing. In the wake of a pandemic that raced and ravaged its way across the entire world, we’re moving forward. Humankind reached new extremes of social isolation in recent history. While necessary and, at times, life saving, it’s time our community healed so that we may thrive.

It’s important that we utilize all that we have learned over the past 3 years and critical that we release what no longer serves us. With the obligation and social reinforcement of physical distancing, many people have fallen into habits that have resulted in record-breaking loneliness.

According to a survey by the American Psychological Association, men reported feeling more lonely during the pandemic than women. The survey also found that men are less likely to seek help for their loneliness and are more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors, such as substance abuse and overeating, as a coping mechanism.

In a questionably post-pandemic Austin, we’re offering a different kind of coping mechanism. There is a space that is calling for connection and embracing old norms to gradually rebuild our community.

A small space. A safe space. A third space.

Third Spaces

Third Spaces are places where people can gather, connect and build a sense of community and culture outside of work or home. More than a haircut, more than an appointment. Our space is yours.

Beer, cider and water are always free because we always want to sit and have a drink with you. You don’t have to chug your drink right after your appointment. (unless you really want to 👀) Hang around and sip a bit. Your local barbershop, gym, cafe and parks are places that were always meant for people to share stories, discuss current events, and have deep, meaningful debates about the absolute stupidest things.

The next time you come in for a cut, bring your partner or bring your pup. Check out our books and drink our booze. Your presence has power and purpose. So, remember: Please Loiter.

Third Space
Third Space
Third Space

Reading Recs

The Death and Life of Great American Cities book Cover - Third Spaces

The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs:

If you’ve never lived in the heart of a city, relied on public transit or befriended a recurring stranger, you’ll find a world of insight. If you have, you’ll find confirmation and validation you didn’t know you needed. Jane declares that cities are it’s people. She protests that city planning is not something that should happen to the people but for the people. After reading, you realize how significant something as unimpressive and a sidewalk is to community building. One of Jane’s many famous propositions is that a well-used street is a safe street, because the presence of a community discourages crime.

Celebrating the Third Place by Ray Oldenburg:

The concept of third spaces has been around for decades but the fight to keep them alive is a new challenge. In this book, Ray shares stories and examples of third spaces from around the world. Community isn’t just a warm word, it’s a feeling of belonging and contribution. We’re not only capable of creating and spreading our communities but preserving our cultures and traditions. In a city that markets “being weird”, there is a community you not only belong to but one that you will thrive in. This book will inspire you to think creatively about how you can rebuild your sense of community in a way that is achievable for you.

Celebrating The Third Place book cover - Third Spaces
Stolen Focus book Cover - Third Spaces

Stolen Focus by Johann Hari:

Published just this year and soon to be another best seller for Johann. Before you try to win friends and influence people, we have to address the very intentional obstacles placed within our society. Social media platforms and instant gratification technology have not only depleted our ability to focus at work but diminished our ability to be present even in a room full of friends. Stolen Focus won’t provide you with band aids for the symptoms of broken attention. It will share a beautifully researched big picture in an inquisitive and friendly dialogue. You will finish this book with restored faith in your ability make connections and reclaim control of your time, attention and impulses. No boot straps needed.

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