With more nooks and crannies to explore, a second kitchenette and bathrooms with showers now part of the membership package, it would be hard not to wonder why one couldn’t just save on rent and live here instead. (You can’t — we asked. “We would eventually notice,” community manager Charlotte Laun said.)
With the coworking space’s third expansion, the creative coworking, event and podcasting space at 933 Louise Ave. now offers 22,000 square feet, with 26 new offices and discounted studio space options for local artists.
“We understand that members have busy lives and have come to expect a lot from their coworking space. With this expansion, we are meeting and exceeding those expectations,” said Kevin Giriunas, Advent’s founder.
“Offices for individuals or for companies? Check. Places for meetings? Got ‘em. Awesome and original educational programming? Of course. Opportunities to work out? We got that too,” Giriunas said.
A new podcast studio is in the works, with a new mixing board and other technology upgrades. It “will be unlike anything Charlotte has seen in regards to podcast studios,” community manager Erin Breeden said. Advent offered the first rent by the hour podcast studio in Charlotte, and they have plans to expand their Podcast University in 2019.
Art curator Jonell Logan with 300 Arts Project will be rotating art exhibits quarterly in the space. Need living room decor? Keep your eyes open — the art is for sale.
The new offices range in size from micro-offices to eight-person spaces. At ETA Global‘s new space in Advent’s expansion, executive assistant Alex Lawrence said the incoming light from the creatively placed windows offer a natural energy in the space.
“It feels very comfortable and energizing,” Lawrence said. “Not just in here, but in Advent in general. We were downstairs working for a while and it was just electric. It’s different here, more collaborative. You could feel the energy in the air.”
Focus on wellness
Workout options are seemingly endless, between Advent’s expanding bicycle sharing program and new bathrooms with showers for those who want to exercise at The SPACE or OPEX Plaza Midwood (members get discounts on OPEX memberships) or who walk, run or bike to work.
The SPACE is NC Yoga Bar’s Ali Washburn’s latest brainchild. It offers a collaborative, shared yoga space that is available for yoga teachers to rent by the minute ($1 a minute / 30 minutes minimum). It’s a 960-square-foot room that offers a mirrored wall and speakers and props including mats, blocks, blankets and cushions. About 35-40 yoga mats can fill this industrial-chic space where teachers can host weekly classes, workshops and more.
Although it is designed for wellness ventures, it can be used for a variety of events, Washburn said. Photographers could rent it as studio space or someone could even use the space to host a baby shower.
“We felt like there was a need for a space like this, where teachers could have their own space,” she said. “It’s a natural progression, an extension of the pop-up classes. We are offering space to build what they want to build.”
Along with weekly classes, local yoga teacher Jaimis Huff is offering her upcoming 200-Hour Winter Training from The Space. “It’s modern and clean, with lots of natural light and a great vibe,” Huff said. “It encourages yoga teachers to step outside the box, get creative and share what they’re passionate about.”
Creativity, collaboration and coziness
In addition to the curated art throughout the building, creativity abounds everywhere in Advent — it’s literally written on the walls.
Charlotte muralist Nico Amortegui has created a custom mural dedicated to Advent’s mission of creativity and collaboration, Breeden said. He’s also creating another mural that will wrap up the stairs.
Surrounding his art are couches and throw pillows galore, serving as perfect cozy reading nooks, casual meeting spaces or break areas.
Living here may not officially be an option, but napping? Totally ok, Luan said.