Your Guide to Twin Cities Coworking Spaces
Photo courtesy of The Coven St. Paul

Your Guide to Twin Cities Coworking Spaces

Had enough of working at the kitchen table? Peek inside some popular collaborative spaces.

The Covid-19 pandemic shook the very foundation of coworking. Suddenly, indoor spaces designed for collaboration became a health risk. After years of continued growth—the number of shared office spaces in the Twin Cities tripled between 2014 and 2019, according to commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield—membership plummeted in 2020. But coworking is poised to bounce back as people crave connection and companies shrink their offices. “We see more companies looking to offer their employees workspace alternatives,” says James O’Reilly, president of Life Time Work. “That means leveraging coworking, especially for those spaces that are close to where employees live.” From The Coven (pictured) to Fueled Collective, numbers are on the upswing. Life Time Work’s 2021 revenue and member count has already surpassed pre-Covid levels.

What to expect at these Twin Cities coworking spaces:


The Coven St. Paul

165 Western Ave. N., Suite 8, St. Paul, thecoven.com

Vibe: An Instagram-worthy workday. Colorful and creative—lots of pink, plants, with wall art and murals by local artists.

Best seat: The long, green bench by the windows in back, flanked by Ashley Mary murals that make great Zoom backgrounds. Plus, you’re just a few steps from the coffee bar.

Membership: Primarily people who identify as women, trans, and nonbinary; lots of entrepreneurs, marketing/PR folks, business consultants, creatives.

Who you might bump into: The Studio BV design team; tutors from College Nannies, Sitters, and Tutors (the company offices here and also provides on-site child care for members); members of WomenVenture.

Perks: Peace Coffee, packaged snacks, a library full of books to borrow, private rooms for prayer and nursing, and a host of virtual and in-person events centered on networking, leadership development, and entrepreneurship.

Other locations: 2429 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis—plus a virtual-only membership for event, job board, and message board access.


Fueled Collective – Downtown Minneapolis

400 S. Fourth St., Suite 401, Minneapolis, fueledcollectivemn.com

Vibe: Get your juices flowing in the shell of the storied Minneapolis Grain Exchange. Old school meets new school in an awe-inspiring space that’s become a popular wedding venue on weekends.

Best seat: Anywhere on the 16,000-square-foot former trading floor.

Membership: Techies, solopreneurs, creatives, freelancers.

Who you might bump into: Ryan Bosshart, CEO of tech startup phData, which offices here.

Perks: Meeting rooms, recording studio, exercise room, indoor bike storage, coffee.

Other locations: 1400 Van Buren St. N.E., Suite 200, Minneapolis.

Hybrid work came into its own in 2020. The idea that you come into the office twice a week opens an opportunity for coworking—it’s a professional space that’s not your home and not your HQ. I think those close to residential areas are going to do really well.” Don Ball, co-founder, Fueled Collective. Hear more of his insights about coworking and work culture on TCB’s By All Means podcast

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ModernWell

2909 S. Wayzata Blvd., Minneapolis, modernwell.co

Vibe: Spa meets creative agency in a light-filled, open space.

Best seat: Armchairs by the fireplace—a comfortable spot for conversation or concentration.

Membership: Predominantly women, from small business owners to corporate lawyers and bankers who crave a less formal, more inclusive setting for meetings.

Who you might bump into: Lani Basa, co-founder/owner of the Business Women’s Circle; Heather Strommen, interior designer and influencer @sweetshadylane.

Perks: Podcast studio, Wellness Wednesdays, inspiring conversations about diversity and inclusion.


FLOCK

2611 First Ave. S., Minneapolis, flockmpls.com

Vibe: For the entrepreneur who rides a bike everywhere instead of driving a Tesla. Thoughtfully designed for comfort and style. Unmistakably not a coworking chain.

Best seat: Outside on the patio or at the table by the large bay window up front.

Membership: A mix of entrepreneurs and remote workers. Lots of media professionals.

Who you might bump into: Adaobi Okolue, executive director and publisher of Twin Cities Media Alliance; Katie Vagnino, marketing manager for Happify Health; Deborah Carver, founder of The Content Technologist; FLOCK and Quinn Design owner Brandon Witzel.

Perks: Community lunches, rotating local coffee, lounge and nap space, podcast studio, dog-friendly, tons of bike racks, 24/7 access, and on-site staff, including an entrepreneurship expert.


Life Time Work

200 Southdale Center, Edina, work.lifetime.life

Vibe: Think upscale hotel lobby during a conference. Execs in flip-flops. Predominately male.

Best seat: The quiet rooms with plush chairs and task lighting are in demand; the light-filled library area offers semi-private booths and space to spread out.

Membership: A mix of entrepreneurs, independent contractors, and corporate professionals seeking a “third office.”

Who you might bump into: Casting director Viva Carr; independent accountant Matt Dybing.

Perks: Access to Life Time athletic club next door, including spa, rooftop pool, and restaurants. Members can use any Life Time location nationwide.

Other locations: 1600 Utica Ave. S., St. Louis Park; downtown Minneapolis.


NEW RULES

2015 Lowry Ave. N., Minneapolis, newrulesmn.com

Vibe: You get a little hipper just walking in the door.

Best seat: Grab a table or couch by one of the three garage doors that open up to the sidewalk out front.

Membership: Creatives, makers, and social enterprise entrepreneurs.

Who you might bump into: ITS Fest MN founder Philli Irvin; Bfresh Productions founder Rebecca McDonald.

Perks: AV equipment, podcast booth, industrial sewing machine, screen printer, commercial kitchen, Apple computers, bikes, access to event space.

Other locations: Second space coming soon in North Minneapolis.


Common Grounds

801 S. Marquette Ave., Suite 20, cgworkplace.com

Vibe: As close as you’ll get to officing in Sweden: heavy Scandinavian design influence with light wood touches, modern furniture, and plenty of greenery. The module style work spaces are totally flexible—members can move walls as well as desks. 

Best seat: The comfy lounge area near the kitchen, that is, if you don’t rent one of the  corner offices complete with floor to ceiling windows. 

Membership overview: Mainly small business owners and lawyers. Some downtown companies offer memberships to their interns. 

Who you might bump into: Small business owners.

Perks: Cold press coffee on tap, fridge stocked with other free beverages, on-site fitness center access, vouchers to Grey Fox Coffee and Wine Bar on the first floor. 


Industrious North Loop

323 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, industriousoffice.com

Vibe: Sleek and professional with glass walls to keep the natural light flowing and an inviting common area that feels like a North Loop loft. 

Best seat: One of the private glass-enclosed offices, furnished with desks. Frosted strips on the glass provided just enough privacy and security. 

Membership overview: With a focus on offices rather than common areas, members tend to be small businesses ranging from technology to real estate, creative and professional services, and nonprofits

Perks: Breakfast and craft coffee served daily, on-site fitness center, unlimited color printing

Other locations: RBC Plaza, 60 S. 6th St., Minneapolis. 


WeWork Uptown

1330 Lagoon Ave., Minneapolis, wework.com

Vibe: Three floors of modern co-working space stocked with plenty of amenities. Access to copious general workspace, plus dedicated offices or desks for an added fee. 

Best seat: Booth seating on the main level overlooking the Minneapolis skyline, or on the patio.

Membership overview: A younger, more tech-focused group of entrepreneurs tends to work here.

Who you might bump into: Tech-focused entrepreneurs alongside social impact leaders, such as ILT Studios founder and CEO Nick Stietz. 

Perks: Dog friendly, craft coffee, snacks and baked goods, community events geared toward the startup community.

Other locations: Capella Tower, 225 S. Sixth St.; 729 N. Washington Ave., Minneapolis. 


Union Plaza OffiCenter

333 Washington Ave. N., Suite 300, Minneapolis, officenters.com 

Vibe: Classic office vibes for folks who want a coworking space, but don’t care about being hyper-trendy.

Best seat: The high-back booths give you the feeling of having your own intimate space inside the open office. In the  summer months, grab a table on the  rooftop deck and listen to the crack of the bat from Target Field on game day.

Membership overview: Ranges from seasoned business folks to fresh entrepreneurs.

Who you might bump into: Legal, tech, and finance professionals; startup founders and small business and nonprofit owners.

Perks: Flexible access, panoramic rooftop views, indoor bike racks, and free donuts.

Other locations: Locations in Edina, Bloomington (2), Minnetonka, St. Louis Park, and Woodbury.