Over the past several weeks I've been watching a guy in my Facebook feed build his business out. No hipster restaurant, this; designer/architect Bryan Boyer, together with partner and creative strategist Rena Tom, has been slaving away to get their Brooklyn outpost of Makeshift Society shipshape.
Makeshift Society first opened their doors in San Francisco two years ago, offering Bay Area creative freelancers a 1,000-square-foot space to share. The Brooklyn expansion is some four times the size, occupying 4,000 square feet split over two floors of a former pencil factory in Billyburg. Currently open weekdays from 9am to 7pm, the space is meant to resemble a clubhouse more than an office; in addition to desks and communal tables there are reading nooks, one-person "quiet booths," both book and tool libraries, a kitchen, a brainstorming room and a conference room that can be converted into a photo studio. On the infrastructure side there's phone chargers, a projector, a color printer and "business-class" WiFi.
Membership rates currently run from $50 to $500 a month, with day-pass trials available for $30 a pop. And for those of you bicoastal, the San Francisco and Brooklyn outposts offer "reciprocal privileges." Learn more here.