Press Release from Gather
NORFOLK, VA (March 13, 2019) – Gather, a Richmond-born coworking space, will open its fourth location and first in Hampton Roads this year. Expected to open in June, Gather Downtown Norfolk will be located on the 15th and 16th floors of 500 E. Main St., offering beautiful waterfront views, ample parking, and walkability to downtown restaurants and attractions.
Gather chose Norfolk as its first Hampton Roads location due to the area’s strong local demand for Class A shared office space, vibrant Norfolk Central Business District and downtown area, and proximity to Richmond. Following in the footsteps of sister spaces in Richmond, the new Gather will boast a modern and stylish design “that will ignite coworkers with inspiration and energy,” says James Crenshaw, an owner of Gather.
“The move to Norfolk means more than a new workspace for aspiring and existing business professionals in the area. It’s also the start of a true statewide Gather community where individuals or companies in different cities can communicate, collaborate, and inspire each other,” says Polly White, an owner of Gather. “Every Gather member has access to all Gather locations, so members in Richmond will have a space in Norfolk, and the same goes for Norfolk members coming to Richmond. We look forward to partnering with the Norfolk business and nonprofit community to get work done.”
Gather Downtown Norfolk will be the leading Virginia co-working brand’s largest space yet, covering 30,104 sq. ft. on the top two floors of the 16-story building. The spot will be home to more than 150 private offices, larger suites for enterprise-level clients, open area workspaces, event space, and a range of conference rooms and meeting spaces. Gather Downtown Norfolk will offer locally sourced coffee and tea in the communal kitchen, as well as a packed calendar of professional and social events, including the famous – to members, at least – Wednesday Cookie Hour. Gather floor plans are strategically designed with “collision points” to encourage interactions between members. Norfolk-based Tymoff + Moss Architects is leading the design, while Campfire & Co. is serving as interior designer, as the Richmond-based company has on Gather’s Central Virginia spaces.
Gather has 500 members in Central Virginia that cover a wide span of industries, with sizes ranging from individual freelancers to small businesses and larger, international enterprises that chose Gather for their Richmond outpost. Savannah Bolin, native of Newport News and current resident of Norfolk, has been named Regional Director of Gather Hampton Roads. Community managers will be hired to run the Norfolk office, and will host multiple hard hat events at the space starting as early as next week.
Moving beyond Norfolk, Gather is committed to continue its growth in the Hampton Roads area.
- What is the significance of coworking? Coworking spaces like Gather are booming – and will not be going anywhere soon. According to a forecast from the Global Coworking Unconference Conference, there were an estimated 638,000 people around the world working in coworking spaces in 2018.
- Today’s professional world is all about access, and with the option to “switch up your scenery,” people are now able to work from different locations depending on where they happen to be that day. Coworking spaces offer comfortable seating, meeting rooms, and/or recreational activities, all of which spark creativity and keep energy and productivity flowing. And they are the very concept of a collaborative workspace, where you are able to interact, work, and communicate with fellow professionals.
- What is Gather? Gather appeals to self-employed individuals who might otherwise work from home, as well as companies and nonprofits of all sizes. Members range from those looking for a single workspace to those requiring a number of offices or a larger private suite. Gather is also attractive to those who are not yet ready for a long-term lease commitment, and out-of-town firms that need a local presence. Gather provides inspiring work environments, thoughtfully designed common areas, and private workspaces ranging from one-person offices to suites for larger teams. All Gather locations include a full kitchen, free coffee provided by a local roastery, private meeting rooms and phone booths, and social events.
- April 2014: Gather opens first location at 409 E. Main St., Richmond (this location, known to members and friends as “Gather Downtown,” is relocating and becoming “Gather City Center”)
- June 2016: Gather Scott’s Addition (16,500 sq. ft.) opens second location at 2920 W. Broad St., Richmond
- January 2018: Gather Short Pump (17,908 sq. ft.) opens at 2400 Old Brick Rd., Glen Allen
- June 2019: The first Gather outside of Richmond opens at 500 East Main St., Norfolk
- Summer 2019: Gather City Center (20,000 sq. ft.) to open; Downtown location relocates to City Center at 313 East Broad St., Richmond
- Pricing starts at $250 a month for full coworking access, allowing members to sit anywhere and use all amenities. Dedicated desks are $350 per month and private offices start at $500 per month. All pricing includes utilities, Wi-Fi, and Gather amenities. Members have 24/7 access to all Gather locations
- Gather owner/operators are: James Crenshaw, Doug and Polly White
- Hampton Roads Regional Director – Savannah Bolin
ABOUT GATHER LLC
Founded in 2014, Gather Workspaces LLC designs, builds and operates coworking, dedicated desks, and private office communities. In a single bundled price, members receive 24/7 access to Class A office space, amenities, Wi-Fi and utilities, social events, and state-of-the-art meeting rooms. Learn more: www.workatgather.com.
For more information:
James Crenshaw | (804) 347-0886 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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