Whether you are an independent, an entrepreneur building a startup, a small business owner or a corporate innovator, COCO is a place to imagine and pursue what’s possible. We like to think of ourselves as a dream accelerator - a place where you can build your venture and explore new ideas in the company of other creators. Each day, members of COCO have four coworking spaces to choose from in the Twin Cities that offer all sorts of resources and support, whether it be lightning fast wifi or access to educational programming and social events. But for many, a certain location starts to feel like “home” over time.
Headed by the Minister of Fun himself, Steve Johnson, the two-story space that makes up COCO St. Paul is a sunny area propped up by wooden pillars and brick. Looking like a treehouse and smelling like a coffee shop, you can hear the train bells chime somewhere behind the members’ many conversations. In the throes of appreciation for this location’s charm in Lowertown, here are a few of our favorite things about COCO St. Paul.
Who shows up
Authors, video producers, conservationists, lawyers, and animal rescuers are just some of what makes COCO St. Paul the place it is. In fact, this is where we witnessed the first COCO supporters step forward and join our community, that now harbors more than 900 members in five locations. Many of those who helped shape the first days of COCO remain with us today.
Some of COCO St. Paul’s best members are dogs, and that’s saying a lot! As a dog friendly space, members can bring along their furry coworkers to sleep by their side as they get their work done.Studies show, having animals around increases productivity and lowers stress. COCO research shows, they are conversation starters and love most every business idea.
The Meeting Rooms
Hosting a meeting in the sun-filled rooms in St. Paul is hard to beat. Floor to ceiling windows that face historic Union Depot and gigantic reclaimed wooden tables creates an inspiring balance, inviting all who enter to get down to business. Not to mention, the chairs are comfy and there are big whiteboards to map out all of your ideas. Fun fact: the wooden tables in the rooms are made from pillars, previously in the base of the original building!
Breakfast Club is once a month and met with a healthy dose of competition (and bacon!). Members crowd the marble island in the kitchen and start their Friday off right, complete with every breakfast dish you can imagine. St. Paul members also broke COCO records with their Chili Cook Off, and are the founders of Food Truck Friday; a weekly group visit to the many food trucks in Mears Park during the summer. Foodies, welcome!
It’s the original
Don Ball and Kyle Coolbroth lead the way in opening COCO St. Paul’s doors after countless cups of coffee and trips to IKEA. Since then, tables have shifted, walls have come down, and companies have grown from a team of 1 to nearly 100 in our space. A lot can happen in six years. As we continue to grow and make our circle wider, we remember fondly where it all began. COCO St. Paul reminds us that a few individuals with a big idea can inspire change and transform a community.
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