Co-working spaces are growing in popularity, especially with the increase in freelance and remote work. While working from home has its benefits, many times people find themselves needing to get out of the house to be in the company of other people. Some co-working spaces have been available to residents of Cherokee County for a while, but more options have opened as the gig economy (a trend toward temporary, flexible work rather than full-time, salaried positions) and rising level of entrepreneurship continue. So, where are some of the best places to co-work? Here are a few that offer free space. Some rent cubicles and office space; contact each location for more details.
Copper Coin opened its doors in 2011. Originally a coffee bar inside a financial institution, it soon became the meeting place for people in downtown Woodstock, convenient to everything and everyone. Now, on any given day, Copper Coin is full of patrons of all kinds — students, business owners and families. With an expansive list of hot and cold drinks as well as breakfast and lunch options, you can expect to run into someone you know. Copper Coin has a community room that can be reserved for group meetings at an hourly rate. 400 Chambers St., coppercoinwoodstock.com, 470-308-6914.
The Circuit Woodstock
The Circuit is home to startups, entrepreneurs and business owners looking for a collaborative space to create, as well as the official Student Center for students attending Chattahoochee Technical College. With 3,000 square feet of co-working, collaboration and innovation space for students, entrepreneurs and local community members, The Circuit is free, open to the public and offers free WiFi. The Circuit is the first iteration of Fresh Start Cherokee and the collaborative partnership between the college, the Cherokee Office of Economic Development and the Woodstock Office of Economic Development. 1 Innovation Way, 770-345-0600.
With the opening of their downtown Woodstock space on Elm Street this fall, Reformation’s new upstairs Study Bar area offers plenty of space to host meetings and gatherings, or study. With free Wi-Fi, seasonal craft beer and the recent introduction of nitro-brewed coffee, Reformation brings a new twist to co-working and creating moments together. 105 Elm St., 678-341-0828.
The Oak House
If you find yourself in downtown Canton, The Oak House is a co-working space with a public coffeehouse that is open to everyone to hold meetings, do work and gather together. They have private membership options as well, but encourage folks to feel free to sit at the tables up front to take advantage of the free WiFi and grab a cup of coffee. 151 E. Marietta St., 678-653-6625.
Coming to Canton in early 2019. In October, Thrive CoWorking was announced as the second tenant for The Mill on Etowah, near downtown Canton. Thrive CoWorking will join Reformation Brewery (who announced its move just a few weeks prior) in this mixed-use development inside the former Canton Textile Mill No. 1 on Railroad Street. Thrive will offer 12,000 square feet of private office, meeting and open workspaces, focused on the same collaborative and creative design at current Thrive locations. 141 Railroad St.
– Ashley Velez, social media director for YPOW and is a digital marketing expert and proud resident of Woodstock.