Spokane Journal of Business

Fellow Coworking expands in Washington Cracker building

Company now has private suites, new meeting rooms

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Located in the Washington Cracker Building, at 304 W. Pacific in downtown Spokane, Fellow Coworking LLC has about 80 members currently.

Fellow Coworking LLC, a coworking office company, has expanded its space in the Washington Cracker Co. Building, at 304 W. Pacific downtown, to accommodate more members and offer more services, says founder Luke Baumgarten.

The expansion adds 1,600 square feet of adjacent space formerly occupied by Davidson Commodities Inc. to bring Fellow’s total space to 6,600 square feet.

Davidson Commodities has moved to the North Town Office Building, at 4407 N. Division, on Spokane’s North Side. 

The Fellow expansion added a third conference room, four private suites intended to host up to four people, three more break-out booths — which Baumgarten describes as small, informal meeting spaces — and booths for private phone call space, he says.

“We wanted to have suites with our original buildout and we just couldn’t; it just didn’t fit in the space we have,” says Baumgarten, whose partners in Fellow Coworking are  Ben Wade and  Amanda Dixon. Dixon also serves as the community manager.

With the expansion, the company also added a few new amenities in addition to the free parking, printing, coffee, kitchen, and Wi-Fi that members already have access to, he says. Members will be able to use a new semi-private dining area and kitchenette where members can host guests.

They also will have access to a new soundproof media room, where they can record podcasts or videos, Baumgarten says.

“It’s like a podcast booth, or a place for people to do webinars that’s a little bit more soundproof and has cool background features so if people are doing video conferencing, there’s something interesting behind them,” he says. “We’ve had a couple members start podcasts, so we wanted to be able to have that as an option for people.”

The renovation also added more community space with desks and couches, including a 20-foot sectional, for informal meeting spaces or comfy seating for a change of pace.

The expansion will allow the space to accommodate anywhere from four to 16 new members, he says. Currently, Fellow Coworking, which was founded just over three years ago, has about 80 members, and between 20 and 40 people occupying the space on any given day.

Membership at Fellow costs $65 a month for one day a week, $120 a month for two days a week, $205 per month for full-time access, or $325 a month for a permanent desk. 

The company also offers a drop-in rate of $20 a day or $80 a week.

The point of the space, he adds, is to build a community of people, which he believes is often missed when talking about coworking spaces, which tend to be associated with start-up companies.

“Coworking at its best is about building a community of people that are stoked to come to work every day and be around each other,” he says. “The majority of people (at Fellow) are either remote workers or they’re self-employed, and for whatever reason, they would probably be working out of a coffee shop or their basement.” 

Baumgarten says Bang Design Studios LLC, of Spokane, designed the $100,000 renovation, and SDS Construction Management LLC, the development arm of SDS Realty Inc., was the general contractor.

Construction on the new space began in February and was completed earlier this month, Baumgarten says.

The company will hold a soft opening of the new space for members today, and a formal opening for the public on July 25.

Other companies currently in the Washington Cracker building include Overbluff Cellars, Hogwash Whiskey Den, Inland Pacific Kitchen, and Coil Studio.

Natasha Nellis
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Reporter Natasha Nellis joined the Journal in May 2018 and covers real estate and construction. Natasha is an avid reader and loves taking photos, traveling, and learning new languages.

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