I must leave my house on the days when my brain is telling me to crawl back into bed after sending three kids to school. A day pass at one of the local coworking spaces is the antidote to the Monday, midweek or Friday slump. (OK, it happens frequently.)
When I mention my coworking habits to friends and colleagues, I inevitably get the response, “There are so many coworking spaces, how can they all survive?”
According to a 2018 CBRE study, 755,998 square feet of coworking inventory exists in Charlotte, which comprises 1.8% of all the office space in the market. Nationwide, 5% of office space is coworking — leaving room for a potential 3% gap for growth in the Charlotte coworking industry.
For now, coworking is here to stay. Advent and Launch Factory added square footage to its existing locations, while WeWork and Hygge have expanded to new locations. Coworking companies such as CoCoTiv, Serendipity Labs and Tabbis joined the market this year.
The options, amenities, costs and vibe differ among each company. If you’re in the market for coworking or office space, you can find one that fits your business style.
Here are 18 places to check out if you’re looking for a permanent space to work or need a day pass for a change of scenery:
Costs are per month unless otherwise noted.
742 N. Anderson Rd., Rock Hill
“742 North creates a comfortable environment where we empower the tenant to make it their own. Whether you are a high power professional in need of a private office, an artist in need of a studio or a yoga teacher in need of a space to host your next class, you have a place in our community. Your work matters, and so should your workspace.” — Frank McCollum, entrepreneur, 742 North
Opening: Late 2019
Costs: Cowork: $175; dedicated desk: $250; dedicated office: $350+; day pass: $20
Unique amenities : 742 North will have a nap room and podcast studio. It will also have HIPAA and FINRA compliant offices.
933 Louise Ave., Suite 101 (Belmont)
“In 2019, we launched our own podcast, the Advent Coworking Podcast, where we interview folks who not only think outside of the box but who also redefine the box. We also launched our Engaging ADVENTures program. This program includes customized classes and events to help our members, and nonmembers, grow in their professional journey, as well as learn new skills. Classes range from sales and branding to how to strategically and authentically create a business plan.” — Erin Breeden, chief relations officer, Advent Coworking
Costs: Cowork (flex membership): $149; dedicated desk: $249; dedicated office: $450+; day pass: $20; podcast membership starting at $70 per month for 4 hours of studio time.
Unique amenities: Advent hosts regular events that are open to all and free to attend. Events include the Triple Threat Panel discussions, TechTalks and F*ck Up Night. It also plans weekly happy hours, yoga classes, lunches and breakfasts for members.
Companies include: Knowmad Digital Marketing, National Kidney Foundation and Queen City Podcast Network
2303 W. Morehead St., Suite 200 (FreeMoreWest)
“We cater to professional services, and we have the most competitive prices with flexible options. And free parking. With killer views of uptown.” — Clifford Blanquicet, Jr., co-owner, BlanqCanvass CoWork
Costs: Cowork: $120; private offices: $550-$950; month-to-month memberships with zero security deposit.
Unique amenities: Members may use the conference room free of charge. Companies include: Blanq real estate, Canvass Capital and EatWorkPlayCLT
2525 Distribution St. (South End)
“C3Lab is an arts-centered coworking space with areas and resources for creative endeavors. There are artist and makerspace studios for emerging artists to full time professionals. Look for an event performance space with a green room, a dedicated art gallery, art classroom, restaurant and bar, and coffee bar this fall.” — Maria Nocik, owner, C3 Lab
Costs: Cowork: $150; dedicated lab station: $235; private office: $525-$875; semi private artist studios: $175-$275; makerspace studio: $150-$325; 2D collaborative arts shared space: $75; private artist studios: $320-$2200; day pass: $20
Unique amenities: C3 Labs hosts events such as South End First Friday Gallery Crawl Art Exhibits, Small Business Saturday, iMakeCLT – Charlotte Community Make Day and Charlotte Film Society Back Alley Film screenings.
Companies include: Women’s Impact Fund, Nowsay Video Production and Fresh Eats Catering
1515 Mockingbird Lane, Suite 400 (Montford Park)
“CoCoTiv is more than just an awesome work environment located in the ‘cool’ neighborhood of Montford Park. Our mission is to help our members ‘Thrive and Grow’ through Collaboration & Cotivation.” — John Vieregg, managing director, CoCoTiv
Costs: Cowork: $225; dedicated desks: $349; dedicated office: $699+; day passes: $25; conference room: $50 per hour; Bank OZK Board Room: $80 per hour, $475 per day.
Unique amenities: CoCoTiv offers free parking, fitness center, Enderly Coffee and local beer. Members receive a 20% discount on classes at Pfeiffer University.
1710 Camden Rd. (South End)
“CoWork by Camden provides workers with a first-class space and amenities they need to work on their own terms. From day passes to full-time private offices, CoWork by Camden offers flexible offices, meeting and workspaces for everyone.” — Julie Keel, vice president of marketing, CoWork by Camden
Costs: Cowork (flex membership): $175; dedicated desk: $335; private office: $550+
Unique amenities: CoWork features outdoor patio seating with fast, secure WiFi and IT support. Residents of any Camden community receive a 10% discount on membership.
809 W. Hill St., Suite C (Third Ward); 2128 Remount Rd., Suite B (West Charlotte); 330 Camp Road, The Mount at Camp North End (Camp North End); 1000 North Carolina Music Factory Blvd. (partnership with Industry); 1026 Jay St. (West Charlotte)
“Our Third Ward location is our original space and has easy access to Uptown. Our west location has our podcast studio available to rent, and Camp North End is surrounded by a larger arts and creative community that grows every day with loads of events to take part in. Our Music Factory location has easy access to food, drink and, of course, live music. Our newest location at Jay Street has a photo studio available to rent and the largest Not Just Coffee shop right at the front.” — Brittany Yoho, chief strategy officer, hygge coworking
Costs: Cowork: $149; dedicated desks: $269+; dedicated office: $650+; day pass: $20
Unique amenities: Coworking members can work at any of the five locations. Each location has meeting rooms available for rent and WiFi, coffee and a place to sit.
Companies include: Skillpop, Digi-Bridge and SHARE Charlotte
1824 Statesville Ave., Ste. 105
“The iNCubator is a creative ecosystem that welcomes entrepreneurs, artists, designers and creative professionals into a shared, community-driven experience for urban and urban-inspired creatives. Outside of being a co-creating space, we help creatives build relationships, obtain resources, and expand their network.” — Tierany Griffin-Purdie, community manager, the iNCubator
Opens: Aug. 5
Costs: Day pass: $25; bi-weekly: $75; monthly: $150; quarterly: $420; annual: $1,500 per year
101 S. Tryon St., 27th floor (Uptown) and 436 E. 36th St. (Coming to NoDa in January 2020)
“Industrious offers a variety of individual perks, professional networking, educational and social events. These events range from complimentary classes at the Charlotte Athletic Club to Mastermind Mornings, a business networking series.” — David Poland, community manager, Industrious Charlotte
Costs: Cowork: $465; designated desk $580; private office $698-$4,970; day pass: free for a trial day
Unique amenities: Membership includes unlimited printing, breakfast every morning (think Whisk + Wood and Suarez Bakery), snacks in the afternoon, fully stocked beverage fridge, conference rooms and phone booths, member events and access to a national network of 80 Industrious locations.
Companies include: Experience Anatomy, Palmetto State Solar and CoLaw
2459 Wilkinson Blvd., Suite 310 (West Charlotte)
“Our space is engineered to support multiple business needs and wants, including a podcast and video studio, training space for up to 50 people, private phone booths, and three conference rooms. We host a bi-monthly technology lunch and learn series with RiOT (Regional Internet of Things) out of Raleigh and offer in-house events for our members.” — Margaret Slate, community manager, Launch Factory
Costs: Cowork: $200; dedicated desk: $350; dedicated office: $885+; day pass: $25
Unique amenities: The new suite features sit-to-stand desks by TiMOTION, each topped with locally hand-crafted wood table tops. Each suite includes murals created by local artists, natural light, greenery, high ceilings and original exposed brick.
Companies include: Cirtual, EnerNOC and Orbital Socket
2108 South Blvd., Suite 211 (South End)
“We love the feel of The Mill. The old architecture, exposed bricks and large windows make for a really warm space to get focused and get work done.” — Dan Burdi, space owner, The Mill Coworking
Opening: August 2019
Costs: Cowork: $175; dedicated desk: $350
Amenities: The Mill is a boutique-style and close-knit coworking space designed to help people focus on their work.
Companies include: Solo-entrepreneurs, programmers, data analysts and public relations professionals
227 W. Fourth St. (Uptown)
“Novel CoWorking is the largest owner, operated CoWorking company, therefore our office rents tend to be much cheaper than others. Another great part about being a member at Novel CoWorking is that you have access to all of our locations nationwide.” — Kendall Massar, regional sales team manager, Novel Office
Costs: Cowork: $129; dedicated desk: $249; shared office: $299; dedicated office: $399+; day pass: $25
Unique amenities: Every month, community members vote on which local beer they want to have on tap — and it’s free to members.
Companies include: Carolina Claims Consulting, Community Brands, Littlejohn Law, PLLC.
10926 David Taylor Drive, Suite 120
“A very important part of our offering to you is our local ownership but access to a national network. We are truly committed to doing our part to ensure our members’ individual success. This commitment is also extended to you across our nationwide network of 65 Office Evolution locations.” — Jason Ward, franchise owner, Office Evolution Charlotte
Costs: Cowork: $99+; business address: $79; private office: $775+
Unique amenities: The building has ample parking and a free fitness center.
Companies include: Therapists, engineering teams, insurance providers, financial advisors and music industry professionals
222 S. Church St. (Uptown)
“Since opening in 2010, Packard community members have raised over $1.5 billion in venture capital, created over 1,000 jobs and hosted over 2,000 events and community meetups. Join us on Aug. 21 at our Public House Keg-Side Chat where we’ll be interviewing a local founder.” — Stephanie Ananian, community manager, Packard Place
Costs: Cowork: $99; dedicated desks: not available; dedicated office: $500-$1000; day pass: $25
Unique amenities: Packard Place has a podcast studio, monthly Keg-Side chats with local entrepreneurs and training workshops in the Garage coworking space.
Companies include: Carolina Fintech Hub, Insight and Arts and Science Council
1213 W. Morehead St. (FreeMoreWest)
“As you expand into new markets, network remote offices, jump into projects or swing into swing space, we will be there. Discerning workers who decide when, where and how they work can choose from coworking, dedicated offices and team rooms.” —Trey Scott, CEO, Serendipity Labs Charlotte
Opened: July 2019
Costs: Cowork: $49-$399; dedicated desk: $499; dedicated office: $1,050-$1,950
Unique amenities: Serendipity Labs believes in great hospitality. Its lab manager and experience coordinator are there to improve the coworking experience, help members and greet guests.
101 N. Tryon St., Suite 112 (Uptown) and coming in the fall, 307 W. Tremont (South End)
“Spaces was built on the idea that success breeds more success. We want to redefine the way work is done. That’s why we’ve cultivated a community of thinkers, achievers and imagineers. Plug into our energy and watch your world accelerate.” — Megan Bailey, area sales manager, SPACES
Costs: Cowork: $119+; dedicated desk: $260+; private office interior: $450+; private office exterior: $750+; day pass: $49
Unique amenities: SPACES members are offered free access to work in over 3500 locations across 120 countries.
Companies include: Telehealth, marketing, IT, banking, finance
1300 South Blvd. (South End)
“Tabbris is founded by two venture capitalists: John Brock and Jeff Brokaw. They are dedicated to Charlotte’s innovative entrepreneurial community. Tabbris is a community focused on startups wanting to scale as quickly as possible. It helps provide access to capital, mentorship, education, team building, connections to industry leaders and many other areas where startups struggle.” — Jeff Brokaw, co-owner, Tabbris
Costs: Cowork: $249; dedicated desk: $349; dedicated office: $650+; day pass: $20; recording studio: $60 per hour
Unique amenities: Tabbris’ high-tech event space is designed in a speakeasy-style and holds about 200 people.
615 S. College St. and 128 S. Tryon St. (Uptown); 1422 S. Tryon St., Suite 300, The RailYard (South End)
“WeWork is a global platform with more than 466,000 members and provides innovative workplace solutions for any type of member organization, regardless of company size, maturity, or space needs. WeWork’s mission is to create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living. WeWork currently has 485 locations in 105 cities across 28 countries, and its members include over one-third of the Global Fortune 500.” — Alyssa Botts, senior public affairs manager, Southeast, WeWork
Costs: Cowork: $220+; dedicated desk $350+; dedicated office $400+; day pass: free trial day
Unique amenities: If you’re traveling to another location in the world, you can access WeWork buildings by using credits.
Companies include: Huntsource and Foodesign