Imagine a place that welcomes all types of business professionals — from lawyers to artists — into one shared, collaborative space.
That place is CityCentral, a coworking space that is dedicated to creating a fun, engaging environment for all types of professionals, and it just opened a new location in Dallas.
“We are able to give businesses of all sizes an opportunity to have a place to call their ‘business home’,” said Rachael Fisher, who works on business development for CityCentral. “We definitely want an attorney or an accountant to feel just as comfortable working, bringing clients or investors in here as an artist would.”
“We definitely want an attorney or an accountant to feel just as comfortable working, bringing clients or investors in here as an artist would.”
CityCentral is fairly new to the Dallas-Fort Worth coworking market. Its first location in Plano opened in February 2017. The locally owned and operated company had the grand opening of its new North Dallas location last month. Like many coworking spaces, it offers amenities such as internet access, beer on tap, and meeting rooms.
Both the Plano and Dallas buildings are owned by CityCentral, which gives the company more flexibility to make space changes for its members’ growth.
“We’re able to expand,” Fisher said. “We can handle all of that so people can actually incubate with us longer because we are so adaptable to what they need to do.”
The Dallas location is especially dedicated to accommodating individual needs and teams. Almost half of the new space is designed for “spec suites,” which are offered to members who want to customize their space to go beyond a traditional office.
“We have a space from cement floors up so if you want hardwoods instead of cement you can build it out however you want,” Fisher said. “It’s a little bit more like traditional, but you don’t have to do the long-term eight- to 10-year commitment and you still get the amenities of coworking.”
The freshly opened location has already attracted a diverse group of members using the space to work and collaborate. One of them is Bank of England, a large mortgage company that was founded in Arkansas and has branches spread throughout 39 states.
“They’re extremely cool and they do things a little bit differently,” Fisher said. “I’ve bought and sold quite a few homes in my life and they are definitely disruptive and doing it different and better.”
CREATING A ‘MEANINGFUL STAKE IN THE COMMUNITY’
The coworking space also wants to be a good neighbor.
Right as the second location had its grand opening, CityCentral Senior Vice President Mark Burge announced the company would give free membership for three months to about 300 employees who were recently laid off by a local company to help them get back on their feet.
“We want to have a meaningful stake in the community that’s going to be helpful for the larger Dallas market.”
“They’re our neighbors and I think a lot of us have been affected by downsizing or by changes in job function,” Fisher said. “We just wanted to do the right thing and we have the space to accommodate that.”
As the Dallas location begins to grow and expand, CityCentral plans to continue having a community-focused mindset. The company’s goal is to not only be described as flexible and collaborative, but to actually represent it in the community.
“Right now, the strategy for expanding into Dallas is to be another option for members who are different from everybody else and want to have another place for like-minded people to work and collaborate,” Fisher said. “We want to have a meaningful stake in the community that’s going to be helpful for the larger Dallas market.”
Photos courtesy of CItyCentral.
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