No, we’re not talking about an exciting new episode of the “Chilling Adventures with Sabrina.” This is real life Minnesota tech news. The Coven, the popular co-working space for women, non-binary, and trans folks, is opening a new location this week in St. Paul.
Occupying five units on the upper and lower floors of the side of the Blair Arcade building, the space underwent an extensive buildout led by co-founder Erinn Farrell.
“We partnered with women-owned firms Studio BV and Kalcon to combine these distinctive units and breathe new life into this historic space, honoring the already gorgeous architecture and presence of the building,” Farrell said. “We also worked with prestigious home-grown brands BluDot and Fluid Interiors to bring our members the best in modern, functional design.”
The 9,000-square-foot space will provide some amenities that their current Minneapolis location does not including private meeting rooms, on-site childcare, 24/7 access, and free parking. There will also be a new event series focused on funding new businesses, growth in a corporate organization, educating women on civic engagement opportunities, and developing financial skills critical to the advancement of women.
To keep things as accessible as possible, The Coven offers a community-funded membership structure that awards one free membership for every five that are purchased. This allows people from disadvantaged situations the opportunity to share in the creative workspace and network with the other members. This type of give-back focus speaks to the organization’s mission to “do the most good” in the communities they serve.
On Jan. 28th, you can join Mayor Melvin Carter III and former representative Erin Murphy at 10:30 a.m. for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Or, if snacks and drinks are more your style, join the “Witching Hour” later in the day from 4-7 p.m.