Celebrating the long-awaited opening of the second Spaces in downtown San Diego, the hip new Spaces Makers Quarter in East Village launched with a bang on 7th November.
“We held an amazing launch that featured two live artists, a local art installation, and great food by Ruffo Ibarra, a celebrity chef from Mexico,” says Krista Hoggard, IWG’s Area Sales Manager. “There were Spaces signature drinks, a pop-up barber shop offering shaves and massages, and a DJ. We also had a ribbon-cutting by assemblyman Todd Gloria.”
Buzzing East Village
Sprawling across 130 blocks, San Diego’s East Village area of Downtown is best known for PETCO Park, the home of the San Diego Padres baseball team, and the uber-modern San Diego Central Library. But this former warehouse district is now a buzzing place for shopping, dining and nightlife – and maybe a little light work too.
Extending down the district’s tech corridor, the brand new Makers Quarter is already starting to attract a lively, innovative crowd of startups, creative businesses and entrepreneurs all looking for cool coworking space in Downtown San Diego.
“The Makers Quarter neighborhood is a brand-new development located on the edge of San Diego’s East Village area, and Spaces is at the heart of it all,” says Hoggard. “The building has just been awarded with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum (LEED) certification – the only building in downtown with this status. It has a solar-panelled roof and blinds, and 12 garage doors within our space, which brings the outside in to create an al fresco work environment – perfect for taking advantage of Southern California’s amazing weather.”
The new shared office space spreads across four floors in the Block D building. It makes a unique meeting space in the heart of San Diego, largely thanks to the huge garage doors that open up to let the Californian sunshine stream in – guaranteed to illuminate any meeting. Along with its beautifully designed modern décor, super-fast Wi-Fi and oh-so helpful staff, it’s set to be a real hub of new business and creativity in the East Village.
Booming innovation centre
One of the most sustainable buildings in the region, the new Spaces Makers Quarter is close to many gyms, parks and entertainment areas, all of which is in keeping with the Makers Quarter’s multi-use ethos. “The combination of top universities and world-renowned research institutes has helped to shape San Diego into becoming a booming innovation centre,” says Hoggard. “Of course, with our nearly perfect weather year round, the area really epitomises the live, work, play balance and so attracts plenty of top talent,” she adds.
In recent years, San Diego has seen demand for cool coworking space simply rocket. Thanks to its year-round balmy climate and laidback outdoor lifestyle, the city boasts a healthy – and growing – entrepreneurial scene. And as California’s flexible-working movement continues to gain traction, the flexspace industry in SoCal shows no sign of slowing down.
New location in 2020
The new Spaces Makers Quarter premises will offer members a light, state-of-the-art office with stylish business lounges, homey coworking areas and meetings rooms, all offering clients a neat and flexible solution. Attracting a mix of creatives, tech businesses and entrepreneurs, it’s set to become the go-to destination where San Diegans come to work, collaborate and network. As the second Spaces to open in San Diego, Spaces Kettner Commons will bring the tally up to three when opens in the Little Italy neighborhood in summer 2020.
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