Four score and four years ago (well, just four years) was the birth of NextSpace. It all started in Santa Cruz on October 1st, 2008. Now, on the 4th anniversary we are celebrating the grand opening of NextSpace Union Square, the 6th branch of the company. The internet is turned majorly on (50/50mbps over fiber to be exact) and the first shipment of fresh Verve coffee has arrived and is hot in the pot.
When I began the adventure to open up the space 2 months ago I was bombard with many different emotions: excitement, anticipation, fear. Last week I let the stress get the better of me when I worried about deadlines and perfection. It wasn’t until the 1st pre launch happy hour did I realize and remember what the space was all about: community. At 4:12pm on the dot (yes we were running a little behind last Friday) I cracked open a few bottles of wine, poured generous helpings in a few glasses then glanced around the room. Standing around the booze in front of me were 8 members, 4 of which I already knew and loved (they came from the other space in San Francisco) and 4 of which were newbies that I was eager and ready to get to know. Seeing these bright, smiling faces I grabbed my glass and toasted to the beginnings of a brand new, budding community. Yes I teared up and no I didn’t lose it. This is what those long hours were all for, these people whose lives will be enriched by the connections they make at NextSpace.
Today I sit in the brand new office and 22 members have made themselves comfy calling NextSpace Union Square their new place to work. Dasom, my intern, carried in a new orange flowering plant for me to celebrate the day; Dusty, one of my friends and members of the other location, brought me in a celebratory cupcake and a can of coca cola.
As I look out onto the busy Market Street watching a cable car turn around, enjoying my cupcake, I smile and know that this is what I’m supposed to do. I love people, community, laughter and connections so I feel lucky to surround myself with those who enjoy the same.
The official celebration for the opening of the space is on Thursday, Oct 4th from 6:30-8:30pm. There will be booze, food, prizes, live music and a Gold Rush themed coworking space. I’ve invited and anticipate over 200 peeps to fill the space so I encourage you to come see the magic form before your eyes.