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On-the-Go Co-Working Spaces

3/20/2018 - Nancy Davies

Co-Working Spaces in Kenosha, WI
Co-Working Spaces in Kenosha, WI
Co-Working Spaces in Kenosha, WI

When you’re visiting the Kenosha Area, things come up and obligations like work or school can creep in on the fun. Or perhaps the sole reason for your visit is business. While traveling, finding a quiet, accommodating space to setup your laptop to work or study can be a challenge, but we’ve got just what you need for your office away from home. Sit side-by-side with other professionals or students and enjoy the amenities.

And don’t think I’ve forgotten about artists and other creative folks who may need to find a space to stop and create – a change in scenery can jumpstart the creative juices.  And what if you have a group meeting coming up and looking for a great place to gather? I have some ideas on this as well.

Ready? Let’s go to work!

Office Space
Located in Downtown Kenosha, The O at Backyard Dream Studios  is Kenosha’s first co-working space. Housed in a vintage building that once had a movie theatre, this renovated space provides the opportunity for a $150 monthly pass to loft-like open office space with 24/7 keycard access,  or a day pass for $10 (9-5 p.m. weekday access). With either option, you get free coffee, high speed internet, and unlimited printing/copying. There is a small kitchenette with reasonably priced snacks available for purchase, a common space lounge area with TV to take a break and talk with other co-workers, and for $25 per hour there’s a conference room you can reserve for meetings of up to 10 people, with TV and white board.

Café anyone?
Check out The Buzz, also located in Downtown Kenosha. Here you can enjoy a coffee, beer or wine while researching on your computer with their free Wi-Fi. If you work straight through the morning and into the lunch hour, you’ll love their menu of paninis and salads while you put your nose to the grindstone.

Harborside Common Grounds overlooks the water Downtown, providing a lovely view to inspire you while you sip a beverage or enjoy a snack. Their cozy room on the north side of the space is a nice spot to get work done and is often a quiet space. Though there’s no Wi-Fi available, if you just need a spot to do some thinking or typing, this coffee shop fits the bill.

Don’t overlook the books
The Kenosha Public Library offers several branches which provide not only a quiet place to work with Wi-Fi, but if you need a space to meet with a group, you may book a room in advance. If you’re headed to Twin Lakes or Salem, you can spend quiet library time or reserve a room there as well. Plus, when you need a break or some inspiration, you can pick out a book or magazine to read there before diving back into the great American novel you’re writing – or the thrilling business proposal, term paper, or important email.  

Let’s meet
If you need a larger space to book a meeting or conference, consider the inviting spaces at Kemper Center. Located on Lake Michigan, you’ll feel as though you’ve “gotten away” while still being easily accessible to the highway. From classroom size to large conference space, their staff can help you plan the perfect gathering.

Recently, I enjoyed a private event at Circa on Seventh operated by Culinary Infusion. The space and food were both lovely; its ambiance and location make it an enjoyable meeting space, with its 22-foot high ceilings and exposed brick walls. This venue is perfect for special events, large group meetings, and parties.

Indoor and outdoor meeting and event facilities can be rented at The Civil War Museum and Kenosha Public Museum. Make it an event to remember at one of these unique locations in downtown Kenosha, overlooking Lake Michigan. With wi-fi access, built-in projectors and presentation screens, and spaces for breakout sessions, this is a unique venue that is sure to impress your guests and business associates. They are also known for special event rentals, like baby showers and wedding receptions!

Kenosha has its share of hotel rooms that also offer meeting space, such as the Comfort Inn & Suites located off 1-94, or Downtown’s Wyndham Garden Inn - Harborside. Hampton Inn & Suites has a lovely small meeting room and plenty of space in their breakfast room for small groups to gather. If you’re in town for an extended stay, Candlewood Suites is a great option not only for extended stay rooms and rates, but also for their fair-sized meeting room with easy access to I-94 and Downtown Kenosha. To find one that fits your meeting needs, browse this list of Kenosha Area hotels.

Get creative 
If you’re an artist, jewelry maker, graphic designer, or other creative type, finding the right workspace can be difficult but not in Kenosha.We’ve talked about Kemper Center for meeting space, but how about for studio space? They currently have for rent an area in “white box” condition, ready to be configured for offices, classrooms, studios, and other appropriate uses.  Suites are available with views of Lake Michigan or Kemper’s beautiful grounds in a variety of sizes ranging from 340 to over 2,000 sq. ft.

Kenosha Creative Space has recently opened for business, welcoming its first resident members to the facility. Located Downtown, they are a co-working space committed to creating economic and artistic opportunities for local artists, musicians, creatives, entrepreneurs and their partner organizations. If you are a creative type in the Kenosha area, you’ll definitely want to learn more about their mission.

Let Kenosha be your office
Over the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to work remotely quite a bit. Being able to go to different environments keeps my day from becoming stale. Even if you work regularly in an office, I highly recommend, if you’re able, to occasionally make your office at a coffee shop, the library, sitting outside  by the lake (let’s leave that for summer, shall we?), or any of the other suggestions I’ve made here. My work has been more focused, really, and more enjoyable. Try it; I think you’ll like it.

Oh gosh, I almost forgot. Downtown Kenosha now has free outdoor Wi-Fi  that covers the area from Anderson Art Center in the South to the Carthage College Athletic Field areas to the North, including Southport Marina. All you have to do is look for the available connections and choose dkiWIFi.

Looking ahead to warm weather, free outdoor Wi-Fi can also be found in some Kenosha County Parks including Silver Lakes Beach Pavilion. Check the available networks and if you see kcparksWIFi then choose connect and you’re ready to surf the net. You can have your fun and work it, too!

I like to think of the entire Kenosha Area as my office. What a beautiful co-work place it is. Look next to you and you may even see ME; if so, please say, “Hi.” 

 

Nancy Davies

Community Blogger

A Kenosha County transplant 10+ yrs. ago, Nancy and her husband love the friendly, beautiful atmosphere of Kenosha. Enjoying finding the hidden gems of the area, she also enjoys being by the lake!

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