One of Dallas' most ubiquitous coworking spaces, Common Desk, is set to open its first Fort Worth location this September. It will be one of the newest tenants of Crockett Row at West 7th, which is how the popular West 7th shopping, dining, and entertainment area near the Cultural District is rebranding itself.
The Fort Worth outpost of Common Desk will occupy 13,000 square feet, with 75 shared desk seats, 110 dedicated desks, 25 private offices, and five conference rooms, all of which are available to lease on a monthly basis. There will also be an outdoor patio, shared bikes for exploring the surrounding area, and a hospitality bar with snacks, beer, and locally roasted coffee.
“Opening a location in Fort Worth will be our most exciting expansion to date," says Common Desk founder Nick Clark in a release. "Fort Worth is ripe with freelancers, small businesses, and entrepreneurs, and we think our brand’s culture will bring an added resource to help these professionals continue to grow their businesses."
Currently there are Common Desks in Dallas' Deep Ellum and Oak Cliff neighborhoods, with one in West Plano's Granite Park set to open in June. One of the perks of membership — which spans Shared Desk, Nights & Weekends, Dedicated Desk, Private Office, Corporate, and Virtual — is unlimited access to any location.
"Fort Worth's community is built around a big city with a small town feel," says MaryClaire Perry, director of people and culture at Common Desk. "Our approach to community is similar; though Common Desk is an ever-growing network, we use each space, hire specific positions, and create unique events to zero in on community. Because of this, we think Fort Worth is going to be a perfect match for us."
In addition to growing westward, the company is also expanding its original Deep Ellum location. The very first Common Desk, which opened in 2012 with 3,500 square feet, recently grew to 17,000 square feet.
Besides a new exterior paint job, two new exterior signs, and a new front entrance, the extra space added 20 custom-made dedicated desks; a nap room; two additional conference rooms; a shower; an outdoor patio work area; and 10 new private, customizable offices. There's also a new coffee shop seating arrangement, art installations done by local artists, and a new hospitality bar with "a friendly host who serves members and guests cold brew, craft beer, and snacks."
Common Desk memberships include unlimited conference room usage, a business mailing address with complimentary mail handling, printing services, bottomless coffee and beer, and weekly community events.