Murray Hill’s new coworking site, The Space Between, a creators’ paradise
When the coronavirus pandemic struck, Brittney McColgan quickly realized that her Murray Hill home was not making it a workspace.
“I know I’m not the only one who admits that my lovely 2/1 bungalow was near,” she said.
McColgan, 32, runs a popular Jacksonville wedding planning business called The Anti Bride. She needed space to make floral designs. She ended up with a second business.
“I started out looking for something small, like 600 square feet, but ended up with 2,200 square feet, a few blocks from where I live in Murray Hill,” McColgan said. “I knew I had to make it a magical space that others could enjoy as well.”
This is how The Space Between was born, a new coworking space on Edgewood Avenue.
The chic, bohemian modern space with mid-century modern design cues and dried floral arrangements is meant to be all it needs to be, McColgan said. A photo studio one day, a meeting room another, a pop-up market the next day. This is how McColgan said the company got its name.
“There is such a need for affordable ‘space’ for these ‘intermediary’ events,” she said. “Parties that don’t really need a large room but don’t necessarily want to be in a restaurant. For me, space is where I work, where I go to be productive but also where I can close the curtains, light a candle and just space out or focus, depending on the day. “
Now McColgan is trying to share that space with other local designers, opening monthly bookings and hosting events.
“I really want the Space to serve everyone the way they need it. We started with workshops, a photo studio and coworking and it was really cool to see how people are using it,” said she declared. “We’ve had lots of photo studio shoots with amazing Jacksonville photographers like Nicole Villar, Celeste Burns, Kelly Martucci and more.”
Events to come
Mark your calendars for the following events at The Space Between:
- July 24: Aura photo pop-up with The Aura Weaver from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- July 25: Grand opening party from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- August 5: Charcuterie board workshop with Dea Howald from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Visit thespacebetweenjax.com/events for more information
Currently, three women co-work in space. One of them is Thamarr Guerrier, a local personality known for his Musings of a Curvy Lady platform.
Guerrier, 34, is a fashion and lifestyle blogger who advocates for the inclusion of body and size in the world of fashion and beauty. She uses The Space Between as an office to work on her blog.
“It’s a vibe that goes with mine – beautiful and functional,” she told The Times-Union. “Working from home on certain days can be counterproductive. The space in between gives me a nice environment to hyper-focus and change my routine.”
The venue even made a few appearances on Warrior Instagram, where she first discovered The Space Between herself.
McColgan grew up in Jacksonville and attended the University of North Florida before moving and living in Boston and Denver for nearly a decade. But in 2019, after getting married, she decided she wanted to live closer to her family and returned.
Her first business, The Anti Bride, is celebrated for its creative and rebellious approach to wedding receptions.
“Jacksonville has always felt like home, and it was super cool to come back and find my rhythm and my place in this community,” she said. “The Space Between has also allowed me to connect and collaborate with other creatives and small businesses. Supporting small businesses is really important to me, and it’s really special to provide space as a resource for pops. -ups and branded photoshoots, too. “
Living in large metropolitan cities, McColgan knows the benefits that a coworking space can have for local artists and designers.
“As creatives, we can really rely on our environment to improve productivity,” she said. “I’ve seen co-working spaces done in a number of ways, but somehow they still look like an office, which works for a lot. I just wanted a softer space with a good lighting and nice decor – and I’m really glad the other creatives are using it and enjoying it. “
Still, the opening of a gathering place raised concerns during a global health pandemic.
“It was a little terrifying,” McColgan said. “It’s always scary to do something new, but I got signs that it was time to do it. We signed the lease on Valentine’s Day after I spent about 100 times. I just knew we had the chance to do something cool, and if it ended up being just an office space for us, I was always going to be okay with that, too. “
McColgan’s hope is that other people in Jacksonville will follow his lead.
“I think the cooler and more inspiring the creative places in Jacksonville, the better,” she said. “To me, these places are always cafes, like The Flamingo and Brew Five Points – and also anywhere with a good happy hour. I can’t wait for other spaces like ours to appear, and if I can help. to facilitate this in any way, I would love to. ”
Space Between’s grand opening celebration takes place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, The Space Between is located at 1024 Edgewood Avenue S. For more information, visit thespacebetweenjax.com.
Emily Bloch is an education reporter for the Florida Times-Union. Follow her on Twitter or send him an email.