Imagine having an office where you are surrounded by the area’s most creative, talented and business savvy folks. Imagine those co-workers not only sharing a workspace with you, but becoming friends and sharing business, skills and more. Now imagine that space being a place that inspires, that teaches and works at all times to advance the folks who share it as well as the community around it. Well, what you are picturing right now isn’t a dream…that place actually exists, right here in our town. It’s called Work Happy, a co-working space unlike anything Panama City has seen.
If you do not know much about co-working, defined, it is a style of work that involves a shared working environment, but unlike in a typical office environment, those co-working are usually not employed by the same organization. Typically co-working is attractive to work-at-home professionals, independent contractors, or people who travel frequently, because it is also the social gathering of a group of people who are still working independently, but who share values, and who are interested in the synergy that can happen from working with like-minded talented people in the same space.
And, did I mention fun stuff like Ping Pong tournaments?
Co-working offers a solution to the problem of isolation that many freelancers experience while working at home, while at the same time letting them escape the distractions of home.
At Work Happy, co-working is not only about the physical space, but about establishing the co-working community first. By hosting community events and workshops like Learn HTML + CSS, Branding and Developing Your Niche, Railsbridge NWFL and others, they are not only enriching their members but educating the community. Work Happy’s credo is simple, “collaboration over competition, community over agendas, participation over observation, doing over saying, friendship over formality, boldness over assurance, learning over expertise, and people over personalities.”
In it’s short time, Work Happy has evolved into something more than a space and desks, but a force for good built to inspire, to teach, and to be a reminder that aspirations need not be a solitary endeavor. Work Happy is a community of people who could work from anywhere but choose to work together, more productively.
So why wait? If you need a desk, need space or just need to be around awesome people, now’s the time. You’ll be surrounded by local creatives who specialize in design, development, programming, photography, art, business and many other disciplines.
Work Happy is over 2,000 square feet of space. It has 20 desks, meetup area and is located at 231 East Beach Drive, downtown Panama City, Florida. It is sitting on Massalina Bayou (the last building on the left before you cross the draw bridge). The space has an awesome back deck with a spectacular view and is the perfect space for grilling out and hanging. Inside, Work Happy is colorfully designed and made with the intent to inspire creativity. It’s a space you have to see to believe and a vibe that stays with you long after you leave.
Desks at Work Happy start at $125 a month, part time and $175 full time.
If you are interested in renting a desk, just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, check out the website, http://weworkhappy.com
Photo courtesy of Patrick Engman and Allan Branch
Anyone is welcome to come and experience the space as their are free work days and Moe’s Monday, where the entire office heads to Moe’s and grabs lunch together.