Lately I’ve been avoiding coworking spaces and going mostly to coffee shops. The main reasoning for this was that I just needed to get work done and wasn’t feel the most social. My mood changes seasonally so you’ll likely find me at a coworking spot sooner or later. This time around I decided to pop in at Atmosphere. They’re a close knit, community oriented coworking space on the East side.
Small Things Create Atmosphere
The appeal of Atmosphere based on their core values is all about the atmosphere. Surprising? They talk about how you can work productively in a comfortable and engaging environment. People know each other’s names, things that happen in each other’s lives etc. It’s less about what amenities and layout that they have (which are also great) and more about the type of interactions you have with one another. When you have a positive atmosphere, it eliminates stress that would take away from your productivity.
I spent some time working at Atmosphere to get a feel for the space. When talking to Trent (the founder), I learned more about the type of community and vibe there. They’re a perfect place for small teams who can establish a strong company culture. The space is conducive to sharing thoughts and communicating with other companies as well as private areas that allow teams to buckle down and work directly within their company.
I found the common area easy to work at since most people are hard at work. If you needed help with something it was decently easy to find someone to help you. The massive glass walls help take you away from the typical corporate feel which is exactly what Trent was looking for.
Who Should Cowork Here?
The space aims to provide an engaging, comfortable and productive work environment. They do this by providing a partly open space at the center, private offices/conference rooms and permanent desks upstairs. Trent took his time to find a space that was expansive and open with great light. He didn’t want a cookie cutter building and nicely put it as, “new ideas are formed in old buildings.”
There’s several coworking spots popping up on East side but likely still not enough to service the growing number of remote workers. Atmosphere is great for freelancers who are already close by and don’t have to worry about parking. There is a larger parking lot just a block away but it does tend to fill up quickly.
Regardless of this, you’re also across the street from Counter Culture (one of my favorite vegan places in town), down the way from Juan in a Million and not even a 5 minute walk to Blue Owl Brewing. With such a killer location, I know if I coworked there I’d be spending all my time–breakfast, lunch and happy hour–at these local eateries and brewery.