Birmingham’s Rail District has its own unique coworking space now, as well, called The Den, 2139 Cole Street, and is the brainchild of Kelli DelaRosa and Becky Peters, principals of Partnrhaus, an interiors design company and Kimball furniture dealer located at the same address. Focused on designing for work environments, The Den came about when they leased the 3,200-square-foot location on Cole Street, which was larger than they needed for their company. “We decided we needed a showroom to showcase our work to designers and customers,” she said, and realized that by creating a shared coworking space, “we could learn how people use and work in different ways.” And their experiment is definitely paying off. “It’s been really good research for us. It’s interesting to see how different generations work,” she said, noting, “We have different CEOs coming in, and not only are they networking, they’re doing business together.” The Den is perfect for “nomads, startups, freelancers, and businesses in need of additional employee space.” DelaRosa said their space is divided up “just like a house would be – living room, den, kitchen – and function similar to what the room would be. It allows for the collaboration space we need.” They offer free internet, coffee and snacks, copy and printing, member wall feature, event space rental, lockable storage and in-space networking and learning events, with monthly, part-time and even day rates.
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