On Friday, May 21st, we will be hosting our second annual (2019, not 2020--dumb COVID!) Night Under the Stars, mullet edition! The downtown businesses will have extended hours, but there'll also be a party goin' on alongside Mill Alley! 10+ small businesses will be joining forces to give you a night in downtown Downingtown to remember. There will be a Rita's truck, corn hole and live music! Come get to know business owners, shop local and have fun with friends & family!
Our heart behind this is to continually live out our mission: to connect people, business and community. We thrive off personal interactions that we're able to help curate--business owners having a beer to end the work day, strangers becoming golfing buddies, connections forming via "Oh you know them too?" or realizing someone's in a field you need help with. We really do believe life is better together and hope that this night will be evidence of that. Come on out, invite anyone and everyone, and let's get this party started!
In our newly revamped email newsletter, we've started a segment to highlight small businesses we're partnered with, and those that are in the local community. To find out Alyssa, Hannah & Nick's first round of recommendations, check out this slideshow! Want to sign up for our newsletter? Text your name & email to 484-364-3001.
In a recent The Globe and Mail (a Canadian news source) article, the impact working from home has had on people's mental health is examined. A somewhat unlikely group of people are honed in on--white collar workers that have remained employed, but are also busier than ever, as their companies become more profitable.
Employees are having mental breakdowns, quarantining or losing loved ones, missing weeks of work. Hiring is halted, leaving pre-existing employees to pick up more work. Therefore, people are turning down dream promotions! Social activities, both in and outside of the office are nonexistent. No one's with you to notice the stressful burnout whilst working. People are filling their guilt-driven, boredom-driven or commute-less moments at home with work. Instead of face-to-face discussions and affirmations, brief emails and abruptly-ended Zoom calls leave employees feeling unsupported, unappreciated and ill-instructed. Vacations are postponed till "normal life returns."
Does any of that sound like you?
It's time to combat this. People have never needed co-working spaces more. One member, Jeremy, couldn't handle the stress of all four kids at home while working. He was grateful for when W2G re-opened last year so he could return to his Dedicated Desk. A new PAYGO member, Elise, is paying out of pocket to meet with her coworker at W2G, because their "open" office is vacant, an hour away, and the bathrooms are locked. Natalie couldn't take WFH one day more, and now has a private office. Amidst all of this, we're getting back to chatting over coffee or lunch, commuting to work, happy hours, and leaving work, at work. Time and time again, we are told by members that the money paid is worth the space, experience and mental break.
We understand absolutely everyone is struggling. In varying degrees, sure, but nonetheless, this past year has had a monumental impact on us all. If you too, are fed up with working from home and are interested in trying out Work2gether, browse our site and contact us with any questions.
This past Friday, we hosted a happy hour for the first time in quite a while, at our Kennett Square location. We can probably count on one, maybe two, hands, how many fun gatherings we've been able to host in our newest location. Emphasis on new. We still feel as though we're a brand new business--COVID's made our KSQ location feel like its grand opening, numerous times!
The happy hour reminded us we're doing what we're meant to! Connecting people, business and community. Musicians, financial advisers, landscape designers, animation producers and salesmen all gathered under one roof, shared a drink, chatted and laughed. New connections were made, business cards were exchanged, and March Madness was debated. We are so happy to create those kind of opportunities for people! And if nothing else, we're helping offset any more COVID-induced isolation and depression.
To celebrate the change of seasons, we're thrilled to be partnered with Greenhaughs (@greenhaughs on Insta)! Andrea Haugh has been selling plants out of her house, via Facebook Marketplace, for a while. She works full-time and caring for/selling these plants has fulfilled her green-thumb heart. A little while back, she approached us about selling some of her plants in our space! We're able to advertise her side hustle, while simultaneously displaying them much like you would at home. And the best part is being able to support another small business.
So, to welcome spring, instead of heading to Home Depot or Lowe's for greenery to liven up your home (or new workspace here...hint hint), come to Work2gether! No membership needed; walk-ins welcomed!
Need some plant practice? These plants are low maintenance and forgiving!
-Snake Plant (top left)
-Pigmy Palm (middle right)
-Succulents (bottom right)
You'll only need to water them once a week, and as long as they have sun, they're happy!
Ready to grow your Greenhaughs?? (: Stop on in! We're open 8am-5pm.