Listen to the Story – All Things Considered
Sarah O’Brien is the owner of the Little Tart Bakeshop in Atlanta and shares a space with Octane, a local coffee roaster. She describes the relationship like having a roommate.
“We have to split our bills, we have to split the cleaning duties. It’s just like having a roommate, you know, without the chore chart,” she says.
When it works, it works well — but not everything is perfect. In O’Brien’s space, for example, customers have to do two transactions if they want a coffee from Octane and a croissant from her shop.
But those hang-ups aren’t stopping other businesses from trying out the concept. The service Storefront matches people wanting to sell things with available space — and owner Erik Eliason says it’s grown 500 percent each year since it started in 2012.
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