Calling Bottoms Up Coffee Co-Op just a coffee shop or just a coworking space does a serious disservice to what the soon-to-open spot is all about.
Aiming for a late March or early April opening at 1069 W. Broad St. in Franklinton, “Our mission is to use coffee and coworking as a means to social change,” says Co-Owner Victoria Calderon.
Bottoms Up pays particular attention to combating infant mortality, an issue with alarming prominence in Columbus. In 2015, nearly 150 infants died before their first birthday, and the state as a whole is one of the lowest-ranking in the nation when it comes to infant deaths.
The coworking coffee shop weaves several ways to address this serious issue throughout its business model.
Calderon and her sister and Co-Owner Virginia Nunes chose their location to be a part of the revitalization that is taking hold in Franklinton, and because it’s a hot spot for infant mortality. Bottoms Up wants to be an organization that can raise awareness and make an impact right in its own neighborhood.
The coffee shop side of the business is open to the general public, featuring brews from locally-roasted Brioso Coffee. Bottoms Up puts a twist on some of its offerings dubbed Canary Island style drinks featuring additions like condensed milk. Calderon sees the coffee shop portion as a way to bring in the local community, and maybe even facilitate that serendipitous meeting for the coworking that’s happening on the other side.
On the coworking side, Bottoms Up is being intentional with the businesses they bring in, aiming for organizations with social missions or social enterprises.
“One of our main goals it to create a mixed community,” Calderon adds.
They aim for a mix of the social enterprise, do-gooders while also embracing the area’s pertinence as an arts district and the creative class that comes with it.
Some connection with workforce development, which can take many forms, is also of importance to be a member of the coworking space. It can be a part of a tenant’s business model, like a few potential clients, or even just an individual sitting down with a local resident in a mentoring relationship.
Calderon wants to make community service attractive again, both for the person doing the service and receiving it. Walking into a welcoming community environment like a coffee shop to receive help has a different feel than walking into a social services agency.
Bottoms Up will be able to accommodate about 25-30 tenants with its mix of four dedicated offices and several shared desk spaces. Prices are affordable, in the $200 – $450 range, and include plans that allow for community support, even if a desk space isn’t needed.
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The coworking space includes many of the traditional touches – an endless supply of coffee, a conference room, a small parking lot and ample off-street spaces. The coworking portion of Bottoms Up will also be open 24/7.
Showing their social mission from another angle, proceeds from Bottoms Up will go towards nonprofits and other ideas invested in reducing the infant mortality rate in Columbus.
Bottoms Up is ready to start building its army of socially-minded businesses, showing potential tenants the space in preparation for opening.
One tenant that is already confirmed for the space will help connect the dots of Bottoms Up’s mission. In partnership with the Ohio State College of Nursing, the United Health Foundation invested $1.7 million in CelebrateOne’s Connector Corps initiative. The program will train a community health worker that is a resident of the neighborhood, who will then go door-to-door educating residents and looking for red flags to help reduce infant mortality. Bottoms Up has been designated as a neighborhood site and will be home-base for Franklinton’s community health worker.
For more details and to request information about memberships, visit bottomsupcoffee.com.