The burgeoning coworking space signed on a record number of members in February, pushing membership closer to capacity and paving the way for expansion into new locations.
“Meeting so many different types of professionals and learning how CoworkCafe is fulfilling the needs for members is rewarding. We are excited for what’s to come as we look at providing more for our members and expanding the concept.” said Ramzy Azar, CoworkCafe co-founder.
In the past year, CoworkCafe at Boccato has grown from seven independent workers and a printer to an active community of 40 members with special perks, area discounts, and a wide array of office essentials.
“Love working at the CoworkCafe! Going to work is heaven when I can get free parking, WiFi, great coffee, gelato and fresh empanadas every day with a wonderfully relaxing couch or chair to work in,” said Linda in a recent review. She is building a non-profit, and has been a member since July 2015.
CoworkCafe is a coworking space designed for people who work from home, either independently, or remotely for companies based elsewhere. Everything needed for a productive day of work is available to members in the vibrant atmosphere of a neighborhood coffee shop.
“I love working here, it’s been a lifesaver,” says John, who joined CoworkCafe when his family’s nanny share relocated to his house. John is a managing partner at a PR firm based in New York, and often uses the private booths for conference calls.
Many members – authors, entrepreneurs, software engineers, and marketing specialists, to name a few – sought out the space, looking for a dedicated workspace away from the distractions of home, or a chance to work alongside other people. Others were skeptical at first, wondering how CoworkCafe was different from working at a coffee shop.
“At coffee shops, you never know if you’re going to find an empty seat. The internet is often slow and spotty, and many place are taking out the outlets,” says David James, co-founder of CoworkCafe, and an independent software developer. “At Boccato, CoworkCafe members have access to a variety of reserved seating, including standing desks and couches. The WiFi is high speed and reliable, and there are plenty of outlets throughout the space.”
Members at Boccato also have exclusive access to private booths for phone and video conferencing, a food and beverage credit, lockers, wireless printing, a scanner, and extra monitors and power cords. Partnerships with nearby businesses give members access to conference rooms and mailboxes at discounted rates.
Membership is month-to-month, with no long-term contract. For the occasional user, day passes are also available. CoworkCafe at Boccato is conveniently located across from Whole Foods on Wilson Blvd., in easy walking distance from the Clarendon and Courthouse metro stations.