Our Work Party day at Office Junction started setting up our bank account at Washington Federal with multi-talented Gypsie. Not only is she a great banker, but also a massage therapist, bookkeeper and is willing to do a workshop for us on how to avoid high bank fees as small business owner. Needless to say, she sounded like a great fit for us and will hopefully spread the word for us. She also recommended us to educate our self employed members the Coworking membership will be fully deductible business expense. One more great reason to sign up with us. Not only is it more fun to not work alone, it's also almost free.
We were back in our space at 11 am, right on time to start the official Work Party part of our day. First thing on the to do list was setting up our new coffeemaker. 14 cups of freshly brewed aromatic awesomeness ready in minutes. Yeah! Next on the list, setting up the water kettle for the tea drinkers in our midst. Check!
Around noon Eric arrived, we gave him a tour of the new space, updated him on what he missed while travelling for the last month and together we started cleaning the stand up desks and assembling chairs. Tim from Jigsaw Renaissance stopped by for a couple of minutes to check out our space. Chandra also stopped by for a quick tour of the space. Kelly and Michelle arrived, toured the space and helped getting 32 table legs set up and assembled. When all 8 desks were done, David and Deborah came and toured the space.
We all took a short break on our newly put together chairs around our big table using the opportunity to take pictures (see above & gallery) of our new lounge area. David, Kelly and Michelle hit the road after this and Eric and Stefan got our huge locker acquired from Second Use, formerly in duty at a Seattle Fire Station, out of the truck, in the house and against the wall. Yeah! We started cleaning our used desks when Marco, my husband and Amazon Employee, stopped by to drop off our newly craigslist-acquired white boards and enjoy a little afternoon snack with Tim and Sarah, our kids, on the sunny roof deck. Samantha came accompanied by her little daughter and her husband and Amazon Employee. Our husbands seemed a little jealous about our new work space but they are also invited to enjoy our space for their free trial day. Husbands and kids left and we got our freshly cleaned desks up to the 3rd floor. As we made it up there, we decided, it would be time to enjoy the sunshine on our roof deck.
Rob joined us for a tour and we chatted about Coworking and all the potential and social impact for our members and the community. We went back to work and Samantha removed the armrests from all swivel chairs in the meeting room. Stefan started installing our number lock system and I cleaned up a little. It was a long day with lots of tasks to be done and we accomplished most of it. It was time to start the celebratory part of the day.
Deborah returned with a bottle of wine and her husband to show off the space. Then Kerrie and her daughter came and discovered all 4 floors. Eric and his wife returned for the after party and we all gathered around the big table talking about travelling and cultural differences.
It was a fantastic day, wonderful start and great Housewarming and our space really felt warmer with all the people helping out and visiting. We particularly enjoyed the feedback everyone gave us about the space. We received great reviews about the location, kitchen, natural light, roof deck, great looking bathrooms, space layout and our most wonderful gorgeous Puget Sound view from 3 out of the 4 floors of our space.
I was anxious to show off our 'new baby', anxious to finally find out if only we would love it so much or if everyone else would love it just as much as we do. I think, we found the answer today and we look forward to fill the space with great ideas, social impact for our members, the community, lots of laughter and good times.
Thanks to everyone for coming today! I can't put in words how much this means to me and how much we enjoy seeing it all come together.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your support.
Christine and Stefan, Co-Founder