A couple months ago I got a message from Tyler, one of our owners at Stacks--the brain-father of CoLab--, to talk about a coworking space. At the time I was a barista working only a couple of shifts a week. I'd been a Stacks employee for almost two years, and in that time I’d found more than just a job, I’d found a family. They have been with me through some huge milestones in my life. When I announced I was having a baby, I was shown more love and support than I could've ever imagined. It was clear that Stacks was more to me than just a job, and that these people were more than just coworkers and customers.
The community that has grown around Stacks has helped draw me out of my shell, and has given me the opportunity to be part of something bigger than myself. It was in the shop where I met my fiance. It was the people I work with who have helped me through the months after having my son. It was the people I serve coffee to that showed me that I can be an important member of the community.
When people come into the shop they know my name and ask me about my family because they know, or want to know, what is going on in my life. I go to Stacks not just to do my job, but to be around people who teach me, everyday, what it means to be part of a community. When Tyler brought up this plan to open a coworking space, I admit I was a bit skeptical at first. I wasn’t sure how an “office space” could contribute to this community, but after doing my homework I realized it was so much more. Below are some of the initial resources I used to replace skepticism with inspiration, hopefully they’ll inspire you too!