There's a kind of in-joke among CoworkBuffalo co-founders: "Winter is Coming."
I mean, this is not really our joke. It's a Game of Thrones reference, one that people who spend too much time on the web make all the time.
But the way we mean it, we mean that members, stop-ins, visitors, and simple "reasons to leave the house" drop off quite a bit when it goes below freezing. It has been below freezing, very far below freezing, for all of February. We try to plan for higher utilities, fewer up-sells, and just wait it out until winter.
And we really appreciate those who bear with us until winter. To those regulars and members who head down or quietly support us, when downtown Buffalo seems more like a movie about pre-revolution St. Petersburg than a working corridor: thank you so much.
Consider us, too, if you know of any small groups with workers who want to train or collaborate, for one day, for a week, or for the long haul. We offer discounts for workers at the same firm, as well as use of the conference section for anyone who wants to book it.
In the meantime, there are some things to be excited about. A quick run-down:
What's for lunch at Cowork? The options have expanded considerably:
For the time being, you can park your car on Main Street, for "2 hours," for free. Until they put the meters in. At the very least, friends and family can now drop you off at Cowork. And when spring comes, bikers can more safely get here. If you haven't checked out our parking map yet, it has a few other free parking secrets.
Right next to the conference table. It's big, and you can write on it!
Two things we're working on in the background: coming up with options for the good number of our workers who want to work, or try out, standing desks. And providing secure basement storage for folks who have small amounts of inventory or gear to stash. Stay tuned.
Another behind-the-scenes thing happened recently. We said goodbye to co-founder Brian Fending. To say Brian was instrumental in starting CoworkBuffalo would be understating it quite a bit; he sub-let us our first space, helped plan out our earliest improvements, and dealt with our first landlord. If you remember dealing with your first landlord, you know this is not a small thing. Brian has, among other projects, a distillery starting up that you may have heard about. We wish him the best in yet another brave new thing.
We brought aboard Michael Macaluso, a long-time member experienced with Buffalo and start-ups, and a notable drinker of tea. If you've been here early, you've probably been greeted by Mike. We're eager to work on some new projects and long-standing improvement ideas with him.
Stay warm, see you soon. Spring is coming.
~ The CoworkBuffalo Nerds