Entrepreneurs build co-working space


Courtesy Spacebar

A new co-working space is open in Grand Rapids.

Spacebar, which opened over the summer in the Black Hills neighborhood of Grand Rapids, presents itself as ideal for web developers, graphic designers, photographers, freelancers and remote workers.

Spacebar was started by two local entrepreneurs, Jeremy Lipzinski and Jordan Wetherbee, who said they’d been working for themselves for over five years before deciding to build their own co-working space.

“We needed an office, but everything in Grand Rapids was crazy expensive, uninspiring or had no parking,” the founders said in a statement. “We wanted something that didn’t exist, so we built it.”

The 5,200-square-foot office space is located inside of an old furniture manufacturing building at 740 Curve St. SW. It features high ceilings, 100-year-old hardwood floors, a full kitchen and free parking.

The space includes one fully private office suite, six semi-private offices and 32 personal desks. There also is an open community space with a variety of tables, desks, couches and chairs that are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Rental options include the community office space with 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. access and one hour of conference room time; a personal desk with 24/7 access, four hours of conference room time and two guest passes per month; or a semi-private office for up to two people, six hours of conference room time and four guest passes per month.

All renters can take advantage of free coffee, printer, copier, scanner, high-speed Wi-Fi and access to all community events.

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