Working from home sounds great in theory, but for many people the reality can be lonely and uninspiring.
Fortunately, there’s a new wave of co-working spaces that cater to everyone from artists and writers to developers and makers.
Consider The Wilds, a hybrid co-working art studio space in the Century Center in Bend. The workspaces were full before the space opened, with more hopefuls on a wait-list. Co-founders Wallis Levin (middle), a Bend entrepreneur who builds sets for photo shoots; Karen Ruane (right), a painter; and Kelly Thiel (left), an artist who works primarily in clay, created the space “for fearless creators who need a place to focus on their work, while enjoying the atmosphere of other entrepreneurial artists.” The trio launched a Kickstarter in June, raising $7,400 to renovate the facility with skylights, exposed wood beams and glass garage doors.
The region’s other co-working spaces include BendTECH and SistersTECH (both targeting technology workers), the High Desert Maker Mill, and The Bridge—which includes a mix of light industrial facilities and office space.