Saturday, January 19, 2019

Reimagining banking: Capital One introduces hybrid café concept to Seattle

This is a sponsored post. 

Bringing banking and living together in one space.

Capital One will be expanding its presence in the Seattle market with two new Cafés, one in South Lake Union and the other in downtown Bellevue. The Capital One Cafés are part of a bold move to redesign the banking experience with today’s evolving digital economy and mobile workforce in mind—aimed at providing a simple and straightforward experience, with service and support available at any time and in any form, in person, online or on the go.

Capital One Café Seattle locations:

  • South Lake Union // 333 Westlake Ave.
  • Bellevue // 418 Bellevue Way NE

At the café, you can get answers to questions, make connections, and manage your finances in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. The expansive open layout is “designed to facilitate discovery, conversations, hospitality, education, and community events,” said Ryan Laudenbach, Seattle Market Lead for Capital One Cafe. Browsing through images of cafés in other cities, they won’t look anything like a traditional bank. There will be communal tables and lounge chairs, meeting rooms that anyone can reserve, free Wi-Fi and outlets, and fee-free ATM machines (for everyone, not just cardholders!). Capital One has 10 locations in six markets across the country, receiving positive feedback about the excellent customer service and wonderful working atmosphere.

Café ambassadors will be on-site at each location ready to help and assist all customers. They will be able to answer your questions about Capital One online products and provide basic technical support, as well as discuss your financial goals and next steps.

What’s a café without coffee and pastries? Capital One has you covered. They have partnered with Peet’s Coffee to serve coffee and other hand-crafted beverages—and if you’re a cardholder, you get 50% off your drink order. For baked goods, Capital One is partnering with Seattle’s artisanal Japanese bakery, Fuji Bakery. Founded in 2009, there are two locations in Interbay and International District. Fuji Bakery’s award-winning chefs Amanda Burchett, head chef and bakery manager, Takanobu Ogisu, boulangerie, or head of breads, and Yushi Osawa, patisserie, or head of desserts, bake sweet and savory pastries with high quality ingredients made fresh daily. Drawing from their collective experience, the pastries are inspired by both Western and Eastern influences.

And that’s not all Capital One is doing in Seattle! In addition to introducing the Café concept, on October 13, Capital One will host a live streamed #CapXTalk to look beyond the natural confines of ‘finances’ and explore how visionaries are reimagining the role that technology and money play in our day-to-day lives. The panel discussion will include personal finance experts, such as Jake Fuentes, co-founder and CEO of Level Money, Stefanie O’Connell, author of The Broke and Beautiful Life, and Erin Lowry of Broke Millennial. Be sure to watch the livestream at http://capxtalk.fora.tv and participate using #CapXTalk on Thursday, October 13 at 10:00 a.m. PT.

 

About Jennifer Liu

Despite the rain, Jennifer loves Seattle and is a rare native. From the gorgeous summer weather to the drizzle the other 9 months, this may be her forever home. She graduated from the University of Washington and has a master's degree in counseling psychology. She loves to travel, volunteer, and host themed dinner parties. You can find her eating, hiking, hanging out with her awesome dog, or napping. Ice cream, burgers, and sushi are some of her favorite things.
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