The Coffee Shop Playlist
Most coffee shops play music. That’s just how it goes. It creates a space that’s less like a library, and more like an episode of Cheers.
Music makes it okay to make some noise in the coffee shop and feel free to have some conversation. And when it’s done well, the music in a shop creates an ambiance, and at its worst becomes a distraction to the customers. Most people probably don’t think twice about the music being played, and to me that’s a good thing.
Choosing the Tunes
There are a few decisions to make when choosing music for a shop.
- Do I play popular, recognizable music?
- Do I play less-known, emerging artists?
There are benefits to both as long as the music “fits” the shop.
Occasionally when I play less popular music, I might have a customer come up and ask who played the last song. This gets me so excited, because I have the opportunity to introduce customers to some new music, without being obnoxious.
You can play music people are familiar with, but it can be distracting because someone may not be able to tune it out.
The fact is -- music in coffee shops is vital to the mood and ultimately vital to the customer’s experience.
This may seem like a lot of unnecessary mumbo jumbo, but let’s take a look at a specific scenario that takes place at Chattahoochee Westside.
I am a big fan of 80s music. I mean a BIG fan. From Def Leppard to Duran Duran I can find enjoyment in it all. This love of all things 80s led me to create a playlist of mostly 80s music to play exclusively on Fridays. To me it's the best way to usher in the weekend. And here’s why:
Everyone knows the songs on the playlist and they know them because they either grew up with them, or because they’re classics, or even because of pop culture. I believe all of these reasons have one thing in common and that is they are driven by nostalgia. These songs remind us of a simpler time, whether it was two weeks ago or 30 years ago. And that’s the beauty of this music and how nostalgia so often frames the memories in a good light.
This may seem a little bogus and granted this is just my belief which I have substantiated with Fridays, but nevertheless people are always asking about the music on Friday and I don’t think that’s a coincidence.
So swing by on a Friday and soak up the tunes with your favorite drink and see if that doesn’t just put a smile on your face. And if you’re interested in the actual playlist you can follow us on Spotify.