Co-working space in West Seattle? 1 gets close to reality

November 5, 2012 at 10:30 am | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 10 Comments

If you too work in a home office, and/or coffee shop, and/or any place else you temporarily hang your hat – here’s a question: Are you interested in a co-working space in West Seattle? The idea has come up time and time again – but it has yet to become reality. Now, though, two local home-based entrepreneurs are on the brink. Just one catch: Before they can lock up their prospective space – to be known as WS Office Junction – they want to know who’s in. We met with them over the weekend and agreed to publish their pitch:

We are looking for small business owners and freelancers interested in coworking with us in the heart of West Seattle. Please contact us at wsofficejunction@gmail.com if you are interested in a small office or desk space in a fun working community with great networking opportunities. We need YOU to get our community started. Getting our lease signed depends on establishing a core group of members NOW!

In addition to basic office amenities (printer, fax, wi-fi, coffee, conference room) members will have access to lounge space, networking board and the opportunities to participate in our Office Junction community. We will facilitate lots of events and member interaction like workshops, skill sharing, Happy Hour visits, Wine tasting, Bike Day, field trips to local businesses, Donuts Day and group volunteering.

We have membership plans to accommodate a variety of work lifestyles, whether you want to use the space full time or part time. We are currently looking for serious interest in the community so we can sign the lease for a great space right in the heart of the West Seattle Junction.

- Resident $300 per month (24/7 access)
- Full timer $250 per month (weekdays 9 to 5)
- Part timer $175 per month (10 days per month)

Who’s behind it? Meet them here (disclosure, one co-founder is a WSB sponsor). And while comments on this story are great, they say they really need to hear directly from people with serious interest so they can move forward – so please do use the e-mail address above to send them a note, ASAP, if you are.

10 Comments

  1. so happy to see progress on this; I met them at Jessie’s opening of her pioneering co-working space with child care; I’ve heard many in West Seattle ask about “where is there a co-working space in WS?”; Office Nomads on Cap Hill is thriving, just added another floor due to growth; in fact celebrating their 5 yr anniversary this week
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    this is much desired/needed in WS; kudos to Stefan and Christine for getting this started

    Comment by Diane — 12:24 pm November 5, 2012 #

  2. Very exciting. Thanks for the post, Tracy. We want to start our coworking community and meet for lunch breaks, work sessions at coffee shops, support talks and other fun events during November and December 2012, so we can meet each other and learn about our businesses and coworking needs. So even if you don’t need a office or desk space right now, please contact us to be part of the community.

    Comment by Christine — 12:26 pm November 5, 2012 #

  3. I am so excited about this! I’m definitely checking out their website right now. I’m also curious, though, about the co-working space with child care that Diane mentioned–I’ll do a more extensive search, but a cursory google didn’t provide anything. That’s a fabulous idea that would be perfect for me. Do you have a link to their website, Diana?

    Comment by Samantha — 2:11 pm November 5, 2012 #

  4. Jessie Rymph, owner/founder
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    http://www.facebook.com/ElliesOnRoosevelt
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    Workplace/Office · Childcare
    8501 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA.
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    http://elliescoworking.com

    Comment by Diane — 2:35 pm November 5, 2012 #

  5. Samantha, the space Diane mentioned is Ellie’s http://elliescoworking.com/. Ellie’s is striving to add childcare to their coworking space but just found out the current space will not work for licensed childcare. They will move to a new location December 1st.

    Comment by Christine — 3:13 pm November 5, 2012 #

  6. This is such exciting news! I’ve long been wishing that West Seattle had a coworking space, and am wishing all the best to Christine and Stefan! This is fantastic for the entire collaborative space movement in Seattle.

    Comment by Susan — 5:09 pm November 5, 2012 #

  7. thanks for the update Christine; I hadn’t heard that bad news; I’ll have to check with Jessie for new location
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    the co-working/child care concept is brand new to Seattle, as far as I know, and much needed; maybe by next year we’ll have several

    Comment by Diane — 5:44 pm November 5, 2012 #

  8. I would actually love to get out of the house and into a productive, shared work space sometimes. Alas, even these very affordable rates are too much for my very shoestring business budget. I wish them all the best though and hope maybe some day in the future…

    Comment by L.A. — 8:08 pm November 5, 2012 #

  9. On the childcare front you guys might want to connect with local providers that are already licensed – several of them have space and the in-home providers can often be a little more creative with schedules. I bet wherever you find an office will have several childcare options in the neighborhood. You can call childcare resources for a list of all the providers in your zip code for a small fee.
    I’m happy to provide meeting space until you’re up and running-anything to support CSWS folk!!!

    Comment by Sarah — 10:05 pm November 5, 2012 #

  10. Come join us for our second coworking meetup Wednesday, November 7th from 7 to 8 pm at Uptown Espresso at the Junction in West Seattle. We would like to meet everyone who is interested in being part of our coworking community and look forward to answer your questions about our future plans. Please contact us via email wsofficejunction@gmail.com if you plan on coming. Thanks.

    Comment by Christine — 11:47 pm November 6, 2012 #

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