Walk in to Doppio or Dog River or Ground on any weekday morning, and what do you see?
People drinking coffee — at laptops, cadging a little free WiFi and (maybe) conduct a little business. It’s the solo set at work. One friend, Pat Quigley, calls Dog River his Hood River office.
But what if you want more — and less? What if you want access to a printer and a photocopy machine, without the noise of kids playing and people chatting and espresso steaming?
GO!, the business association for Gorge Owned businesses, had the same thought, and has created the first of what it hopes might become an expanding network of GO! Spaces.
On a recent weekday afternoon, Nicole Bassett showed off GO! new space on the second floor above At Home on Oak. A sustainability consultant who travels two weeks of every month and works much of the rest of the time from home, Bassett occasionally needs a space to meet, connect, collaborate.
GO! executive director Lindsay Miller and membership coordinator Becky Brun knew about the trend to create flexible co-working spaces. They thought it might work in the Hood, and carved out the first such space this summer to pilot the concept near GO!’s downtown offices.
Bassett jumped on board, to help develop the space — and use it. So far, four GO! members (besides Bassett) have been making use of the spaces:
“We are serving people who would otherwise be working at home five days a week or meeting clients at coffee shops,” Brun says.
“As demand for desks increase, we will look to expand.”
She says GO! is working out operational kinks before pushing ahead with expansion into more and larger spaces.
She says the goal is to offer “a mix of private offices and ‘hot desks’ as well as a conference room and event space.”
This concept, she points out, is not to be confused with an incubator space.
“This is more in between a coffee shop and your home office,” Bassett says. “It’s quiet, but you can interact with other professionals.”
Use of the spaces is restricted to GO! members, but GO! membership starts at $65 a year. Rates for use of the spaces ranges from a drop-in one-day rate of $12, through five, 10 and 20-day monthly options. The 20-day option runs $120.
Sounds almost like real work. Bring your own coffee.