Cova Cowork is expanding within the neighborhood. The coworking space attached to Bottoms Up Coffee Co-Op at 1069 W. Broad St. will add its second location at Franklinton’s Gravity project.
Operators Meghan and Josh Boone, Minji Kim, and Dylan Hoffman took over the initial Cova location from sisters Victoria Calderon Nunes and Virginia Nunes Gutierrez earlier this summer. From the beginning, the goal has been to create a network of Cova spaces and Kim says the Gravity project checked the boxes for things they were looking for in a second location.
The Cova team fell in love with Franklinton when scoping out cities to start their brand, and their broker put them in touch with Gravity creators Kaufman Development over a year ago – before the first location even opened.
“It became very clear the mission over at the Gravity project was very closely aligned with our mission,” Kim says.
For both, it’s not just about the space, but the community it creates. Kim says they were also drawn to the development group’s entrepreneurial mindset. Kaufman was receptive to working with new owners and creating a coworking space designed by experienced coworkers.
At 7,150 square feet, the second Cova location is much larger than its coffee shop counterpart. The size accommodates the launch of Cova’s on-site childcare model. The childcare services will incorporate drop-off babysitting and programming for toddlers to pre-K. Kim also envisions plenty of kid-parent programming, bringing families together for workshops, yoga and more. They’re looking for partners for the childcare piece, but haven’t finalized anything yet.
The coworking space will be about a 50-50 split between private offices and open work areas. Cova will differentiate itself with a balance between the two options, instead of skewing more heavily towards private offices as many spaces do. Kim says they are trying to create a community, and for them that means plenty of open space.
The private offices will accommodate small teams of two to three, up to larger spaces fit for six to seven. There will be conference rooms the public can rent by the hour and an outdoor patio as well.
Cova will also have an event space accessible for members, Cova’s own programming, and the general public. Kim says they are eager to partner with organizations that are doing great things but don’t have their own dedicated space.
“We want to be that community space for them,” she says.
As with their Bottoms Up location, the Cova team will keep the tenet of social impact as they grow.
“We want the second Cova location to also be a catalyst for positive change in the local community,” Kim says.
What that will look like is still taking shape, but Hoffman says they see the addition of childcare as a forum and a vehicle for a lot of social initiatives, like reducing infant mortality, that were integral to Gutierrez and Nunes in launching Bottoms Up.
Cova will be in good social company. The social enterprise Roosevelt Coffeehouse is slated to open its second location next door in the middle building of the development at 500 W. Broad St.
Cova Coworking at Gravity is expected to open in March of 2019. In the interim, the operators are eager to talk to community members and potential tenants about the space. They’ll use their current coworkers to help drive decision making, looking for input to make it a truly community-driven space.