Downtown Tyler workspace defies traditional office culture

A new concept in Tyler creates a workplace for those who want a change of scenery, or who don't need a traditional office.

TYLER - A new space inside a Downtown Tyler office building is challenging the standard workplace model.

Co.Work opened in September – bringing “coworking” to the second floor of the Wadel Connally Building on Line Street.

Joshua Ebright and Blake Moser are the brains behind the idea.

“Everybody has to work, but not everybody has to feel like they're at work,” said Ebright.

Co.Work caters to anyone hoping to get work done without having to lease a building or an entire office.

In addition to his full-time desk job, Whitehouse resident James Wansley co-owns Bodyhacker Supplements.

He previously worked at home or in coffee shops, but now has another option.

 “It's kind of like an anytime fitness for innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Wansley “You have access to come into the building whenever you need to… whenever you feel inspired.”

Members of Co.Work have access to office essentials – like WiFi, printers and a conference room. Snacks and beverages are also included in the membership.

Though some people work in private offices, the space’s open tables, desks and lounge promote collaboration among people from different professions.

“You're around other people with same mentality,” said Wansley. “They have the same goals that they're trying to reach.”

More than anything, that type of interaction is what Ebright and Moser say they hope to accomplish with the space.

“Our goal is to simply allow the community to define what this needs to be, what they want from this,” said Ebright. “This is not about myself or my partner (Moser). It's about the community of Tyler.”

Co.Work membership options include daily, weekly and monthly options. Click here for more information.
 

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