WORKHORSE HQ Opens Up Safe Space for Coworking Community
WORKHORSE HQ opened for business just one week before COVID-19 shut it down. But co-owner Larry Maurer’s new coworking, community-centered site isn’t going to waste. Local business woman Tammy Winslow’s in there now (free of charge), making $10 face masks for the cause.
“If people are working remotely, or starting a home-based business, we offer a really nice place to work…”
WORKHORSE HQ isn’t letting its new coworking site (“for the uncommonly hard working”) in downtown Edmonds go to waste in the midst of a COVID-19 shutdown. Tammy Winslow, owner of her own small business — Neatnics Home and Office Cleaning Services — is in there now, making $10 face masks (Masksinseattle@gmail.com, 425-200-4882) for pickup orders at Workhorse HQ (by appointment) or at nearby Engel’s Pub.
“Our mission is to support all of the people and businesses in Edmonds…” co-owner Larry Maurer explained. “She is currently using our space free of charge to produce and sell cloth face masks for the people of Edmonds. Her work was just featured in the Edmonds Beacon.”
So far, Winslow’s the only (temporary) tenant making good use of Workhorse HQ’s brand-new facilities. But there’s plenty of (safe) space to go around. Co-owners Maurer and Lew Estabrook hope to reopen May 4. In the meantime, they’ve been giving virtual tours to interested parties.
Maurer was kind enough to give Welcome Magazine a quick, virtual, tour recently.
How have you adapted? Well, given the timing of the COVID-19 lockdown (one week after our opening), we thought it best to shut down until we could be sure that it was safe to use our space.
What’s the response been? Our members have been very understanding. We suspended membership charges and offered the space for free for special projects.
How can people support you? We are here to support the people of Edmonds. If people are working remotely, or starting a home-based business, we offer a really nice place to work, with a great community of hard-working people, virtual address and receptionist services, secure, high-speed internet, free coffee, Kombucha, a conference room, and a sound-proof phone room. We also offer the space for after-hours event rentals. The decor is industrial/barn chique. The space features reclaimed wood and steel tables, a wild orange-stained, polished concrete floor, a brick wall, large steel barn doors, a large, black, steel fish tank, custom steel I-beams and cool leather accents. We have a projector for presentations and many different options for seating while you work. We plan to phase into re-opening on May 4th. The first day pass is free and then there is a great introductory rate of $99/month for the first 50 people to join.