POULSBO—Vibe Coworks opened its temporary space, the Vibe Lab, in Poulsbo Sept. 26, giving freelancers, commuters, remote workers and entrepreneurs a place to convene until construction on the permanent Vibe Coworks location has been completed in early 2018.
At 5,846 square feet, Vibe Coworks is expected to be the largest coworking space on the Kitsap Peninsula when it opens on 8th Avenue. It will give local professionals a flexible alternative to commuting, long-term leases or distracting home offices.
Vibe aims to become a hub for the area’s most innovative, entrepreneurial and creative thinkers, Vibe Coworks cofounder and CEO Alanna Imbach said, a “flexible, shared workspace and a central point of exchange among our region’s most forward-thinking professionals.”
The Vibe Lab is located at 19307 8th Ave. NE, Suite C, next door to the future home of Vibe Coworks. The Vibe Lab is a temporary coworking space that offers members their choice of open workspace, a café-style coworking area, dedicated desks, a community kitchen, standing workspace and a fully-equipped eight-person meeting room. Additional amenities include high-speed internet, a staffed welcome desk, unlimited coffee and tea, print and mail services and a variety of member events.
A Vibe Lab launch party is scheduled for 4 p.m. Oct. 12. The event will be free and open to the public, but RSVP is requested at www.facebook.com/events/123663068215424, or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Silicon Valley changed the world, and Seattle, Bellevue and Redmond are all driving dramatic, positive change,” Vibe Coworks founding member Brett Eddy said in an announcement of Vibe Lab’s opening. “Why not Kitsap? We’ve always had a high quality of life here, but real growth in technology startups and creative entrepreneurship takes the right mix of energized community, entrepreneur excitement, and creative workspace to make startups successful.
”Vibe is striving to create that mix—bringing together the creatives, the programmers, the non-profits, the business incubators into a cool workplace where we want to spend our time, energy, and talent changing the world. I’m happy to see companies like Vibe making a bet here, and now my former company Microsoft too. I believe Vibe Coworks will be a tremendous asset to our community, fostering companies, jobs, and professional opportunities to match our incredible quality of life.”
Nearly 40 founding members have already signed on as Vibe members, representing industries ranging from tech and HR, to marketing, architecture, health and wellness, nonprofit, design, real estate, event planning and more. The Kitsap Economic Development Alliance has also shown its support by becoming the first Vibe Corporate Catalyst.
Vibe operates on a membership basis, with memberships ranging from $35 per day to $415 per month. The meeting room at the Vibe Lab is available for booking on an hourly basis to Vibe members and to the general public. For more information, go to vibecoworks.com.
As published in the Kitsap Daily News, Friday, September 29, 2017.