Monday morning Andy dropped me into Bentonville before heading into work. It was cold, very cold. Not as cold as what I was exposed to in Montreal in 2004, but certainly cold after living in an Australian summer at 40C. My hands started to freeze up and I figured that I had best head indoors. I found a nice cafe called Onyx Coffee Lab. The place was filled with people working on their laptops using the complementary internet and drinking espresso. It was good to have an espresso here because most coffee that I have seen so far is filtered.
The design of the place was great. Timber beams climbed the walls and spanned across the ceiling. The bar was tiled and had aesthetically pleasing espresso equipment which looked like it should be pouring beer, rather than the caffeinated nectar. The presentation in a clay cup with sparkling water was a nice touch too. The company puts a lot of effort into the customer experience.
When the temperature warmed up to a little below freezing I decided to finish my coffee and walk about the town for a bit. Bentonville is a small town with a population of 40,000 people is home to the largest retail company in the world. Sam Walton started Walmart here back in 1945 as a Five and Dime store. Walmart has grown to 11,500 retail stores in 28 countries employing 2.2 million associates and generating a constant currency revenue of almost $491 billion in 2015. Bentonville is a hub of activity with over 1200 businesses located in the district supporting the global retail giant.