Author Archives: Cat Johnson


Coworking in West Seattle: How One Couple is Revitalizing the Area’s Coworking Space

by Cat Johnson

Seattle is now home to dozens of coworking spaces, but in West Seattle, West Seattle Coworking stands alone. Separated from downtown by a bridge, and traffic, the small but mighty coworking space is the only coworking space in the area and a go-to resource for the area’s independent workforce.

The space has been around for years, but in May of 2017, Crystal and Rosario (Ross) Bevilacqua bought the space and have made it their own. Ross, a remote worker, was a longtime member of West Seattle Coworking. When the opportunity to purchase it came up, he and Crystal jumped at the chance.

I chatted with Ross about revitalizing the coworking space, the people who make up the West Seattle Coworking community, and his unique perspective as both a remote worker and the space owner. Here are the highlights of our conversation.

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Female-focused Coworking in Seattle: How the Riveter Aims to Change Business as Usual for Women

by Cat Johnson

The Riveter is a “female-forward” coworking company launched in Seattle in 2017. Currently in Capitol Hill and Fremont, the Riveter team has plans to expand nationally in the near future.

Serving entrepreneurs, freelancers and remote workers, the Riveter provides woman-focused workspace with flexible memberships—including non-workspace, social membership, professional development and programming events geared toward advancing professional women, and a robust network to tap into. I spoke with Carrie Maher, Riveter’s Head of Growth and Member Experience, about the changing dynamics of doing business, how the Riveter is as much a movement as a coworking space, and how the Riveter community empowers women to take bigger risks in their business. Continue reading


Works Progress: How One Seattle Coworking Space Embraces Science Fiction, Family-friendly Work, and a Triple Bottom Line

by Cat Johnson

When Marnee Chua moved with her family to Seattle, she hoped to find a coworking space that offered childcare. When she didn’t find one, she decided to start her own. She partnered with Jessie Rymph to get the idea off the ground and, though their original idea of a space with onsite childcare didn’t take off, it led to the creation of Works Progress, a family-friendly coworking space focused on the triple bottom line of social good, the environment, and financial sustainability. Continue reading


How the Pioneer Collective Grew from an Idea into a Thriving Seattle Coworking Space

by Cat Johnson

When Audrey Morton Hoyt and Chris Hoyt opened the Pioneer Collective in May of 2015, they admittedly “knew little about coworking.” The two had simply set out to create an attractive space they would like to work in and thought that if they liked it, maybe 50 other people would like it too.

Audrey and Chris quickly learned, however, that if 50 people are all working in the same space, running the space becomes a project of its own. It was then, says Audrey, that they realized what the coworking industry was.

“The plan was that I would run the space while Chris was working a remote job from the space,” she says. “Then the space cannibalized everything.” Continue reading


Seattle’s Oldest Coworking Space Celebrates 10 Years

Office Nomads, Seattle’s oldest coworking space, celebrates its 10th anniversary on Friday, November 3. Located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, Office Nomads helped pioneer the coworking movement when there were just a handful of spaces around the world.

Coworking is now a booming industry, and Office Nomads continues to lead the way with community-focused coworking. I spoke with Office Nomads co-founder Susan Dorsch about the early days creating the space with co-founder Jacob Sayles, what it’s like to look back on 10 years of coworking in Seattle, and how the Seattle Collaborative Space Alliance formed out of a desire to connect to other space operators. Continue reading


Coworking and Childcare in Seattle: How THE INC. is Transforming the Way Parents Work

In 2012, Marnee Chua and Jessie Rymph tried to launch a coworking space with onsite childcare in Seattle. There were numerous hurdles with the project, however, including finding the right space to bring coworking and childcare together and the fact that licensing for childcare is restrictive and expensive.

The two put the project on hold and opened Works Progress, a coworking space in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood. But the coworking and childcare idea persisted, with Works Progress community members expressing frustration at the challenge of finding childcare while they worked.

“There was still a bug in Marnee’s ear that there had to be a better way,” says Marlene Mejia Weiss, Executive Director of Outreach at THE INC., and board member of the Women’s Business Incubator (WBI), an organization in Seattle offering coworking with an onsite preschool, toddler room, and cowork/coplay room. “Coworking alone wasn’t solving the bigger issue of finding flexible, affordable childcare.”  Continue reading

Seattle Coworking Week 2017

Seattle Coworking Week 2017 Spotlights the City’s Collaborative Community

Seattle, one of the top coworking cities in the U.S., is about to experience a wave of coworking awesomeness during the annual Seattle Coworking Week, which runs September 18-22.

Throughout the week, collaborative spaces across the city will open their doors to freelancers, small businesses, artists, gamers, creatives, remote workers and the coworking curious.

An initiative of the Seattle Collaborative Space Alliance, Seattle Coworking Week is a celebration of Seattle coworking, shared workspaces, diversity, collaboration, community and creativity. During Seattle Coworking Week last year, Mayor Ed Murray declared September 20, 2016, Seattle Collaborative Space Alliance Day.

This year’s festivities include free coworking, open houses, professional development events, happy hours, workshops and more. Here are some of the highlights:

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Collective Chemistry: Coworking for Freelance Digital Creatives in Seattle

by Cat Johnson

In 2012, Adam Knight and Jae Macallan, two Seattle-based freelance video professionals, decided to find an office to share. The two were tired of working from home and needed a space that lent legitimacy to their businesses. They found a one-room, windowless, tiny office and got to work. Within a year, they had profound results by simply having a designated workspace.

“Even in that crappy office, we both doubled our income in one year,” says Knight, owner of Red Element Studios, a small video production company. “We really loved having a space that was different from our home and we thought, ‘How can we do this with more people?’”

Knight and Macallan, who owns video and motion company Yoyostring Creative, reached out on Facebook to find other freelance digital creatives interested in sharing an office. They got a great response so they moved out of their tiny office and into a space downtown. Eventually, they broke down a wall in the space and expanded because there was such demand.

“I didn’t even know it was coworking back then,” says Knight, “but people were into it.”  Continue reading