Between the isolated home office and the overcrowded cube farm, there exists an oasis for entrepreneurs — 804RVA. I've been curious about co-working spaces for a few years, but the planets didn't align until I got an email about Jelly Day.
I started the day in a blazer, but I didn't really feel comfortable. Luckily, 804RVA is really responsive to their twitter feed and put me at ease about working with a new group of strangers.
I parked on the comfy leather lounge and found it really easy to get into my flow. Maybe it was the friendly people, the motivating music, the mosaic walls, the comfy leather lounger, the rooftop workspace, the two impromptu meetings I had during the day, or some kind of amalgamation of it all, but I was more productive today than I've been in a long, long time.
What makes 804RVA different from other co-working spaces is the sense of collaboration and community. Larkin Garbee, owner of 804RVA is laser focused on building the co-working community. She's organized things like "daily tea time" and "Wolf Shirt Wednesdays".
When you register for a membership, you get WAY more than a place to work, you get the opportunity to collaborate with likeminded people. When I looked at the value of the community (plus the fact that if I worked at Starbucks, I'd essentially be paying the membership fee in obligatory coffee) joining 804RVA was a real no-brainer.
So I have a professional crush on Larkin, 804RVA, and pretty much everyone I talked to today. Hopefully I won't be the new kid for long.
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