Cova Brings Coworking & Childcare to Gravity

All photos by Susan Post

Cova has officially opened the doors to its second location in Franklinton, setting up its desks at 470 W. Broad St. in the Gravity development.

Husband and wife team Meghan and Josh Boone, along with business partners Minji Kim and Dylan Hoffman, took over Bottoms Up Coffee Co-Op in 2018, rebranding the coworking side of the business to Cova. Even from the start, the vision was to build a network of Cova spaces.

Cova at Gravity is significantly larger than the Bottoms Up space, clocking in at just over 7,200 square feet. The space offers the typical lineup of coworking options, from day passes, punchcards and open desks, to dedicated desks and private offices, but the location’s main differentiator is the availability of on-site childcare.

Members and non-members are welcome to utilize Cova’s childcare. For members the rate is $8/ hour, for non-members it’s $10/hour. Parents must remain on-premise to take advantage of the option, but that includes all of the Gravity development – from Cova, to Roosevelt Coffee House and the recently-opened Taft’s Brewpourium.

As Cova builds demand, it’s a 48-hour notice for childcare services to ensure the space is appropriately staffed. The coworking space is partnering with locally-based childcare app Juggle to provide background checked and CPR certified sitters. They’ll also evolve the programming and offerings in the space based on children’s ages.

“We want to make that space what parents want,” Meghan says.

Cova will continue to add a few unique features to the new location over the next several months. The coworking company is working with local startup Roots Up to build a vertical garden planted with lettuces and herbs. It will be near a set of planned bleachers that will lead to a lounge space on top of one of the space’s conference rooms. The projects will create more division between the entrance, kitchen area and private offices and the open desk space.

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Cova’s childcare space with a mural by local artist Dana Harper
Cova will continue its rotating artist program at Gravity. The current artwork by Dani Michaux will be on display through February and is for sale.
A large mural by Michaux hangs in the dedicated desk space
Cova offers two soundproof phone booths
Cova’s wellness room includes a hidden refrigerator for mothers that are breastfeeding or need to pump.
One of Cova’s two conference rooms which can be configured for seating for up to 15