Alchemy Creative

Where to Cowork in Denver: Alchemy Workspace

If you live in Denver or are passing through and are looking for a place to work I have the space for you. Actually, I have several spaces that I love and will recommend and today’s post shares the first one: Alchemy Creative Workspace.

Love.this.space.

When I decided to take the leap and work for myself, I had romantic notions of working from home and just killing the digital game. In fact, I knew that I would be focused, on task, and productive every single day….from my home.

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In fact, the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. I had a ridiculously difficult time working from home. I would look at the laundry that had to be done, the one or two dishes languishing in the sink, and then go insane with the dog upstairs would begin barking in a separation anxiety fit of rage.

There was a moment when I just had to be honest and acknowledge that what I was trying to do wasn’t working. Coffee shops didn’t work either. If I had a huge project that needed a quiet dedicated space to knock some work out from, Starbucks (too noisy depending on location), Thump (not enough outlets) or Nixon’s (fabulous coffee unhappy wifi). Finally, I broke down and decided to check out co-working spaces. The first time I worked from co-working spaces it didn’t work out (long-story).

This time I tried it again and I’m in love with co-working spaces and you will be too!

Deskpass

If you would like to date several spaces before committing to your final space, I recommend signing up for Deskpass. Deskpass works exactly like Classpass does (if you’re familiar with that service). There are different subscription levels that you can choose from which will allow you to visit different spaces that are signed up on the platform throughout the city of Denver. In fact, I will share a review of each space that I absolutely love on Square State.

Prices range from $49-$199 a month and the unused days roll over to the next month. This feature is one of my favorites. Finally, Deskpass hosts monthly events for members at different spaces throughout town. Deskpass is currently available in the following cities: Denver, L.A., NYC, Miami, Austin, and Chicago (and members can use their membership in whatever city they happen to be in at the time. Love.this.resource!

Alchemy Creative Workspace

Is located at 66 S. Logan Space. One of the defining characteristics of the space is how open and airy it is and how warm and welcoming the staff is. Ari and Chelsea are most members first point of contact. And, these two ladies are some of the warmest and most genuine people that I’ve met in a long time. In fact, I judge co-working spaces on how welcomed I feel in the space.

The permanent members who work out of Alchemy also are incredibly warm and friendly and they make it easy to imagine working from the space full-time.

Some of the amenities and perks include:

  • Beer

 

  • Get togethers

 

  • Dog friendly (there are several doggies for those of you who love pets)

 

  • Phone “booths” for those days when you need to take a call in private

 

  • Yoga located next door.

 

  • Restaurants are located across the street and it’s easy to get lunch delivered.

 

  • Programming

 

  • Great location for those of you in the Wash Park/West Wash Park area.

Basically, Alchemy Creative Workspace is a wonderful place to nurture and grow your business. And, one of the businesses housed there is a burrito business. And, sometimes members are called upon to do quality taste testing. Those are my favorite days! Free lunch.

Square State

SQS019: Monthly Recap and Summer is Coming

Can you believe that it’s almost May? I can’t either! Today’s episode is a monthly recap. I also share a cool new locale that’s about to open in town and an upcoming event.

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Modworks Denver

Show Notes

 

 

 

  • The Dairy Block Development-I wonder about the lack of marketing on an INCREDIBLE new space opening this summer.

 

 

 

The Welcome Mat Events

The inaugural Welcome Mat Event will be held on May 4th, 2018 from 3:00 pm-4:30 pm. The purpose? To connect new arrivals with current Denver residents and create a welcoming place for residents to connect and create community.

Sign up HERE! To join in. The first event’s topic “How to Make Personal and Professional Connections in Denver.” 

 

Denver Bloggers Club

Denver Life: Hanging Out With the Denver Bloggers’ Club

One of the reasons why I decided to share my Colorado experience via this blog was to connect people with the different communities in the state. It shouldn’t surprise you that I’m an active member of the Denver Bloggers’Club, a community created by Jenny Finke author of the blog Good for You Gluten Free. And, last week we enjoyed another amazing event created to support local bloggers.

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Denver Bloggers’ Club

For those of you who wonder why would bloggers need to be a part of community? Well, there are a number of reasons why. Blogging, for many, is a very solitary affair. You created a blog post that you hope will connect with readers and then…crickets. Or, if you’re lucky, your mom will let you know that she checked out your website and she found a spelling error.

The Denver Bloggers’ Club is a warm community of men and women connecting over a common interest. I love it. Different topics are covered during each meetup ranging from:

  • Marketing

 

  • Growing page views

 

  • SEO

As well as other topics that bloggers need to know about. And, one of the coolest things that Jenny does is work with local sponsors so that members enjoy an incredible experience.

Safeway

About a month or so ago, we had the opportunity to meet with the local team at Safeway. While Safeway is a national corporation, regions tend to be managed locally. And, there is a focus on supporting local farms, and food producers.

Safeway has also rolled out the Drive Up and Go Service that I love.

  • You order the groceries online

 

  • Set up the pick up time

 

  • Park in the appropriately numbered parking space

 

  • One of the grocers will come out with your groceries

Then, you’re done! I was incredibly impressed by the local team and they were so gracious and welcoming. I’ve always had an incredible experience shopping at Safeway. And, I always find myself chit chatting with the different people who work there. Many of the people who work at the specific stores that I shop at have worked there for years.

Uncorked Kitchen

Was a wonderful treat. If you’ve never heard of it-you need to schedule your next friends gathering at Uncorked Kitchen. Participants learn how to cook different dishes, there are monthly wine tastings, and even knife handling skills. There is a gorgeous patio facing the mountains and a bar. The group members had the opportunity to cook a delicious vegetarian meal that had a wonderful mango sorbet for desert.

If you’re interested in going for a date night or event please use the following savings code: SQSTCO18 for 15% off.  This code will be valid until October 31, 2018.

Uncorked Kitchen

 

Hamilton Denver

Denver Life: Going to See Hamilton

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’ve probably heard about the hit Broadway show “Hamilton” that swept through Denver in a flurry of Broadway tour madness. In fact, a year before Hamilton was due to arrive in town, the Denver Center for Performing Arts made it possible for subscribers to get tickets based on their theater subscription. I didn’t do that. In fact, I left it to chance because I had no idea what I would be doing a year from the time they started advertising the fact that the show would be in town.  Fortune smiled on me!

 

Going to the DCPA

Recently it was revealed that spending on arts and culture in Denver surpasses spending on anything else. This doesn’t surprise me. We’re not hicks just waiting for cool things to happen. We’re actively courting cool sh$t to come to town and actually making a point of enjoying the theater, art shows, and whatever else we can think of.

The DCPA is fun because it feels like there is no barrier to accessibility. Don’t have fancy clothes? No worries, just go. I’ll admit that I would love to see more people dressing up (am old-school ) but, if dressing up is keeping you from going to the theater-just be clean and smell good and enjoy yourself.

Hamilton

Ok, somehow Alexander Hamilton’s story became this epically interesting tale of intrigue, romance, and shadiness. Before I went to the show I’d only heard two of the songs and had a vague idea of what would happen. In fact, I was concerned that it was all going to be a bunch of hype.

It wasn’t.

And, as the show went on I found myself absolutely enthralled and caught up in the story of Hamilton, George Washington, and the rest. It was almost like watching the Maury Povich show “You are the father of…the United States…”

The music was incredible, the casting was amazing, and the story was based on real events.

There were problems such as the fact that demand far outweighed the availability of tickets. I had friends who were number 20,000+ on the epic waitlist. And, the tickets weren’t cheap. Cheaper than New York, but they weren’t cheap.

Finally, the show breezed in and out of town so fast it made my head spin. We needed more time. One thing is for certain, it’s obvious that the show will be back. Book of Mormon has swung through three times (it’s stopping through again this June).

The Queen City was a happy and willing host for the thousands of guests from surrounding states such as: Wyoming, Utah, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and New Mexico who visit on long weekends to take in the sights of Denver.

So, did Hamilton live up to the hype? Yep, it sure did! The beginning of the show was a little slow for me (and I had to adjust to the musicality of the show). Once that happened I was transported into America’s founding fathers’ history.

I can’t wait to see it again and I do hope that people who missed the show the first time will get a chance to check out the show.

The Commons on Champa

SQS016: Jesse Shuler-The Commons on Champa

I’m not sure when I first heard of The Commons on Champa, a welcoming space for entrepreneurs in the process of starting and nurturing their new businesses. As a personal finance blogger (that’s my other project) I was intrigued and thrilled about the idea of a free co-working space. Fortunately for the City of Denver and the entrepreneurial community-The Commons on Champa is so much more than a “free co-working space.”

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Listen to the Show

Jesse Shuler: The Commons on Champa

One of topics that I’m very interested in is the idea of community and community building. With that in mind, I knew that I had to speak with Jesse Shuler, Community Manager of the Commons. In addition to being a great guy, he and Jacqui Dietrich (Manager of the Commons) do an incredible job of coordinator a vast variety of resources and connections for local startups.

Show Notes

  • What’s Jesse’s role

 

  • Who started The Commons on Champa?

 

  • What year did The the Commons Open?

 

  • What resources does it provide entrepreneurs

 

  • We dig deeper

 

 

 

  • I wonder how this is all free

 

 

Stay Connected with The Commons

 

 

Other Resources Mentioned

 

  • Michelle JacksonWork With Me
    • If you are an entrepreneur needing writing support, I would be happy to lend a hand. I’ve written for Vice.com, Aspiration, Centsai and other platforms. Check out my online portfolio HERE.

 

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