Co-working spaces seem to be all the rage right now, making it all the more important for a new one to have something unique that helps it stand out. Gather in East Walnut Hills most certainly has that something.
It has all the requisite co-working offerings: free coffee and snacks; cozy chairs embedded in even cozier enclaves; private rooms for conference calls; warm and welcoming I-want-my-entire-home-to-look-like-this décor. How Gather stands out, though, is its on-site childcare.
Yes, childcare. Maybe not the sexiest, but certainly the most necessary. It means a working parent doesn’t have to pay for a nanny or daycare on top of the membership fee for a co-working space. (Though it should be noted up front that you don’t need to be a parent or caregiver to be a Gather member.)
The idea was borne out of a coming necessity for Gather co-founder Meg Cooper: She works from home as a software consultant and is due with her first child in September. “I had a lot of time to think about what (my return to work) would look like,” she says. And that’s how Gather—if you’ll forgive the pun—was conceived.
Childcare takes place in bright rooms decorated by Meg and her husband, Grant. (Meg’s mom, Peggy Bustamante, is a co-owner.) That’s where you’ll also find a lactation room for nursing mothers, plus a fridge for milk storage. Cameras are in each childcare room so parents can sneak a peek at their kids from their phone at any time. Gather can host up to 25 kids, though Meg notes the space is not a daycare and should not be treated as one. “We follow the same rules and regulations, but we are not a licensed daycare,” Meg explains. As such, Gather only takes kids up to age six. You can’t drop off kids and leave, and children can’t be there for more than eight hours.
On the main and second floors is where things get down to business. There are two dedicated office spaces for rent (one is already occupied), multiple meeting rooms, a photography studio, artist studio, and a soon-to-be ready soundproof studio for things like remote presentations, important interviews and even podcasting.
Still, Gather isn’t all work and no play: Meg and Peggy host events for members and non-members alike, such as wine tastings, a book club, Q&As with sleep training experts, and volunteer opportunities to give back to the community, because, as Meg says, “part of co-working is community.”
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Visit Gather at 2345 Ashland Avenue (45206) or get in touch online to learn about pricing or schedule a tour. You can also get a sneak peek by clicking through the gallery above.