Co-working space The Studio Downtown recently expanded in an iconic building at 1100 Oak St. in Conway. The co-working expansion opened officially last Thursday, and the building formerly housed EM Jeans.
Since three years ago, co-founders Jessica Crum and Kate Carnahan ran 2,200 square feet in the downtown corner of Oak and Chestnut street. As the pandemic accelerated the need for spaces to work remotely, the founders decided to expand their space to 10,000 square feet.
They hosted a preview party Thursday to celebrate the opening and scheduled another October event, a revived art walk.
In addition, Crum owns the marketing agency Silverlake Design Studio, which led to the birth of The Studio Downtown. After the first COVID outbreak, the requests for space increased exponentially. As she states: “We experienced exponential growth in COVID. It’s crazy to say, but people, of course, are working more from home, and corporations are more open to remote working.”
New Co-Working Expansion In Iconic Conway Building
The monthly membership starts from $185 for a desk on the first floor. This part of the building is called the “Nomad Bay.” In addition, the Studio offers 10 dedicated desks upstairs. In this case, the subscription is $300 per month. Finally, the six private offices cost $500-$600 per month.
The space can host 70 members. The co-working expansion has between 40 and 50 people, including the Creative Institute of Central Arkansas and Young Designers Academy.
Besides desks and rooms, subscribers can access:
- Photography and podcasting studios
- Six quiet rooms
- Two conference rooms for 8-12 people
- A classroom for 30
- Free coffee and snacks
- Free Wi-Fi, printing, and secure entry systems.
Finally, the studios, conference room, and classroom are available for temporary rent for nonmembers. The co-working expansion follows the new trend for remote workers to share spaces to network and work from home.