Co-Op Work Space is the New Corner Office

If you've ever worked in a team environment, you know that success depends on not only individual performance, but the group vitality as a whole. That can be powerful when the players are determined and intertwined in their thinking, motives and philosophy as well as diverse in talent; subsequently it can sink the ship when one of the crew is complacent or unable to execute. 

Co-op work spaces are sprinkled across the Hudson Valley in quiet corners and citadel hillsides. It is called many things—we'll explore that in a moment—but the generosity of a combined work environment can breed incredible returns on cross-promotional commerce and idea-exchange. 

Poet, Decora (original member of ReadNex Poetry Group) recently launched Space Create in Newburgh's downtown - a thriving component of the Safe Harbors housing organization. The 'Burgh is buzzing with excitement for the varied enterprises making the move into the desk/private office rentals by the month. A conference room, bike share, and common area all bring added value that has created no-vacancy at the space currently. Visit them for a number of public presentations including art shows and the NPBA holiday mixer on December 17th. 115 Broadway, Newburgh

Meanwhile, across the meadows in Middletown, Workplace Club members include traveling psychotherapists making themselves more accessible to their client base to Petito Wealth Management representatives. Spaces start at $195/month. Have to admit, it is a pretty exciting atmosphere and certainly a viable option when working-from-home becomes less of a privilege and more of a distraction. Current perks include 6 month upgrade at no extra charge, coffee bar permission, and complimentary planet fitness membership.

Workplace Club, Middletown

Orange County Chamber of Commerce ( boasts cubicle rentals and private office space, posing the possibility that almost any business entitiy in the entire county could be within reach on any given day. Orange County Business Accelerator in New Windsor is an incubator with "10,000 square feet of Class A high-tech research and development space, mentoring programs and a high-tech plug-and-play office environment" at less-than-market rates. 

Success-in-business panel discussion featuring Kenan Porter (Sabila), Mike Bonura (Bonura Hospitality), Pete Berman (Ruby Group) at OCBA Nov/2014

Even Happy Hudson Valley is sharing work space with a local sign company and a design firm. The divided costs have made it possible for us to have storefront visibility with added value of services in common. The sign company works with new businesses, so we get the low down on who is moving where before anyone else, and Rockabirdie designs is partnered with both entities. It has taken conversation levels to a whole new place, and given us a valuable resource: each other! 


If you have a co-op work space looking to get the word out about your space, consider advertising with us: starting at $30 a month. If your shared workspace is having an event, log-in and post it to our calendar -- that doesn't cost anything! 

What is your creative work space idea? This project got its start at 2Alices in Cornwall.

Thanks, Mikey!

Bonus sign with commitment to desk space