A few years back, I spent some time with the fun people that work and enjoy life together at The Factory in downtown Grand Rapids. What a group!
You might be wondering why I’m bringing this up now. I only spent about an hour at The Factory talking with three of their members. The purpose of that hour was to see the space and highlight it right here on the GR Downtown Condos blog. Initially, I thought I was helping them but, turns out, I was wrong! I ended up learning so much about co-working, collaboration and an all-out ‘cool’ work environment. During my tour at The Factory, I also was able to spend half of the time talking about a new marketing idea that one of the members had for his website: VNN. It was great to ask the Why? and How? questions of the marketing plan and pick his brain about how it was going to work. From this short, 30-minute conversation I came away with ideas and thoughts for our own team!
I walked into The Factory hoping to promote a cool space and ended up collaborating right along with them. That’s what true co-working is all about: to share workspace but, ultimately, share knowledge that betters each member. The ideas that I took away on my first visit to The Factory still apply to me and my team all this time later. The recent renovation of our office includes the elimination of separate work stations and the addition of one big table around which we can collaborate together. We are coworkers co-working.
With that being said, please take a moment to check out The Factory and the other great collaborative environments around downtown Grand Rapids. As our city grows so does our lifestyle and, if you’re thinking about buying a downtown home, we’d be happy to show you some of those spaces. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
The Factory38 West Fulton Suite 301
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Photo from: Flickr Co-Factory