According to the Chinese zodiac calendar, 2020 is going to be a strong, prosperous and lucky year. “Those who plan to start a business, buy real estate or invest in a long-term project have great chances of being satisfied in the future. 2020 is considered a year of new beginnings and renewals.”
Wow, this strikes a chord as our life is full of new beginnings! A new town, new home, new schools, new friends, new professional opportunities and of course a new business endeavor.
As the possibilities of 2020 begin to unfold, we could not be more excited to open the doors of The Collective NWX and start building an amazing community with our members.
The time has come, and we are (almost!) ready to throw open the doors of our beautiful new shared workspace for Collective NWX preview week. As we put the finishing touches on the office, we invite you to make it your home base for a day — on us, no strings attached. Stop in, enjoy a cup of Strictly Organic coffee and plug in your laptop for an hour (or the entire day). Consider it an early Holiday gift!
If one word or phrase could sum up how we are feeling at this point in time, it would be grateful for community. For time spent with family during Thanksgiving; our health; the outdoors; snow (finally!) and for our new business as we prepare to open the doors.
November was a whirlwind of activity at “the space”, the name our girls have affectionately bestowed on our new business. It seems like just days ago we posted photos of the furniture arriving, and yet so much has transpired since those photos were snapped. The small things, such as selecting the perfect light bulbs and installing corner guards to protect the fabulous wallpaper, seem to gobble up most of our working hours. Yet, the big things are where we yearn to spend our time. Curating the Collective NWX member experience is one of those big things.
A reporter for a local media outlet recently asked us “what makes the Collective special?” While we knew our answer to that question, it begs the bigger question for our potential members. What makes your workplace special? Is it your personal space, your colleagues or the free coffee? Each one of us has a different answer to that question, and each answer is the right one. Thus, we are challenged to think through how those ideas work together organically to make the Collective a truly unique and special place for our members.
Our answer to the reporter’s question is simple: community. Setting aside the perfect light bulbs and the fabulous wallpaper, what we are really creating is a community— a collective—and for that we are truly grateful!
Construction is underway. Since we drove into Bend in early July with our bike-laden caravan of white SUVS, we have dedicated a lot of time and energy (and prayers) to The Collective NWX. What started out as a nugget of an idea eight months ago is finally taking shape and we are excited to share it! While selecting carpeting and planning for electrical outlets is certainly up there on the list of fun activities, we’ve had the most fun designing the space for you — our members. The pinterest mood board has become a reality with the help of our amazing designer, Katie, at Hyphn. And this week we got to see the pieces we selected over the summer, and we are in love. We’ll share photos as the space comes together, and we hope you fall in love our vision too!
If you or someone you know is looking for coworking space in Bend, drop us a line. We’d love to show you around and have you join our community.
Stay tuned, there is still work to do but we are just getting started!