After having its soft opening earlier this year, Evolve.Space — the newest concept in co-working and remote work environments — opens its doors at 602 S. King Street on Oct. 27. Leesburg Mayor David Butler will be officiating a ribbon cutting for the ceremonial grand opening.
In an age where more and more people are working from home or telecommuting, Evolve.Space seeks to provide an open space for people collaborate, be creative and focus on work. Their targets are entrepreneurs, small business owners, up-and-coming IT companies and other companies that may not have a facility built yet and need a place to work, or companies with people who travel a lot and need a workspace, Qawnana Crockett, Director of Operations, said.
“I’m sure you’ve gone to Starbucks or some other coffee shop or Barnes and Noble or Panera and you’ve seen people sitting with their earbuds in and their laptops open and although that’s nice, it’s sometimes hard to focus in those environments. So that’s why we have Evolve.Space,” Crockett said.
Evolve.Space offers offices for rent, a conference room, open-concept work spaces, a lounge and fully stocked kitchen area, an outdoor space and a phone conference room that will eventually be soundproof, Crockett said. Members can reserve a space or office, and depending on the level of membership, they can use Evolve.Space as their mailing office. The organization also provides free snacks and beverages and a fully functional printer and fax machine.
The idea for the co-working space and business incubator came to founder and CEO Robert Matheson in 2011 when he visited a similar facility. He wanted to bring unique and high-quality work environments to mobile workers of varying backgrounds and industries in the DMV area. Evolve.Space is looking to continue to expand to multiple locations in the DMV and other states in the future, Crockett said.
“So this really can be an office for someone. And, again, the goal here is to give them the space and to be able to feel comfortable to create, grow and expand their business and focus and get their work done. But no distractions from … shoddy internet, or home distractions,” Crockett said.
Aside from offering work and meeting spaces, Evolve.Space will also host monthly events where guest speakers will talk on topics such as branding, web design and image, and networking will be encouraged.