Lifestyle: Perching etiquette

by Katie Rice Jones

As a writer, I am always on the lookout for the perfect place to “perch.” You know—a place where you can spend hours writing without the pressure of outstaying your welcome. One would think that my home office would make for the ideal spot, but frankly, I find it too darn distracting. That’s where the pitter-patter of little feet and the mounds of dirty laundry call to me like a fix to a junkie. So to get a decent day of writing in, I must leave the domicile in search of a coffee house with an amiable staff, good tables, comfortable chairs, strong coffee, ample outlets and reliable wireless.
In 2012, when I started writing my now-published book, Fashion Dues & Duen’ts; a Stylist’s Guide to Fashionably Embracing Your Baby Bump, finding a cafè in Marin County that met that long list of requirements was a tall order. However, over the years since, there has been a sea change in cafè managers’ attitudes about perchers.


Places like Peet’s and Starbucks once charged for—or limited the amount of—time that you could stay and use their wireless connection. However, policies changed after cafès started tabulating what perchers spent in their establishments. Now many cafès, chain and local, roll out the red carpet for perchers, call us by name, remember how we take our coffee, provide us with unlimited wireless and let us to stay all day. However, there is a slight catch: You must obey the universal coffee house rules.


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Katie Rice Jones is the Pacific Sun’s lifestyle editor-at-large, a Marin-based style expert and author of the maternity fashion book ‘Fashion Dues & Duen’ts; a Stylist’s Guide to Fashionably Embracing Your Baby Bump’ (Know Act Be Books, 2014). Available now at Learn more at