Over the last decade years, more and more professionals have been able to forgo the corporate office environment and work from anywhere with an Internet connection. But while working from home may sound like a dream come true, it often proves to be amotivational and, frankly… lonely.
Similarly, the “work from coffeehouse” model can be terribly distracting due to the cacophony of espresso machine sounds and noisy patrons. For these reasons, coworking spaces have been popping up all over the world, increasing by 400% in the last two years alone. Co+Hoots in downtown Phoenix has become one of the premiere venues for entrepreneurs, freelancers and independent contractors in the Valley to work in a cohabitational environment.
Founded in 2010 by Eeko Studio graphic designer Jenny Poon, Co+Hoots resides in an historic building that used to house one of the first downtown Phoenix grocery stores (JB Bayless). Today, the exposed brick walls, high ceilings, stained concrete floors and modern decor make the building among the hippest looking offices in town.
Whether you want a one-day working pass ($10) or unlimited access each month ($175), anyone can drop in to Co+Hoots; but that rate doesn’t just score you a desk, it also includes free wifi, copy machine and printer access, utilities, a bathroom and all the coffee/tea you desire. In order to host your business (with your own mailbox and everything) from Co+Hoots, however, you’ll have to apply for space so they can make sure you mesh well with the other companies.
Despite its numerous amenities, Co+Hoots’ most valuable asset may be its social setting and community aspect. With 16 companies ranging from UX design to web development to landscape architecture operating out of Co+Hoots, you’re guaranteed to meet some of the brightest, most creative minds in Phoenix.
The venue also hosts an array of events each month to being Phoenix’s digital professional community together.
More About Co+Hoots
# of Employees: 16+ businesses are currently operating out of Co+Hoots
Revenues: Undisclosed – Member-funded
Founder: Jenny Poon
Headquarters: 825 N. 7th St. • Phoenix, AZ 85006 • USA