No more trying to work from coffee shops or your kitchen table!
MORAGA, CA – Moraga's first co-working space has opened downtown and will likely be a welcome boon for area entrepreneurs and professionals.
Launched by local resident Amy Schofield, founder of "Mixify Beauty" and a "Viva Moraga" volunteer, Commons Place, at 1042 Country Club Drive, is intended to provide a "sophisticated" office environment at a monthly rate for those who wish to ditch commuting, high costs of office leases or hours spent working from home or WiFi-equipped cafes.
"As a business owner myself my only option to work outside of my home was the local coffee shop," Schofield said. "I found the coffee shop too noisy and working from home so isolating. Neither of those options offered me a solution. A meeting with multiple people just isn't conducive in the local coffee shop ... it simply didn't cut it."
Commons Place is part co-working space and part incubator, she said, noting that the environment allows local entrepreneurs to draw on others' experience and be part of a collaborative community.
Commons Place offers 12 desks in two working areas, a meeting room for up to six people, a mini kitchen, a garden with seasonal fruits and vegetables and Friday ice cream socials. For $350 per month, participants have access to a dedicated desk, WiFi, break-out areas, meeting room credits, a locker and outdoor meeting spaces. Meeting rooms also can be booked on an hourly basis from $40 per hour.
A diverse mix of startups currently are on board, including Roxanne Christophe Davis, founder of GirlsCrushingIt.com.
"I love working at Commons Place," Davis said. "With its light-filled common area and break-out space, it's the perfect environment for creative collaboration, as well as focused quiet time."
To learn more about Commons Place, follow this link.