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Open For (Your) Business: Co-working spaces provide companies offices for rent

Mitch Hooper



There are two sides to working from home. On one hand, you don’t have to leave the comfort of your house to knock out tasks or grind away on your side projects. And on the other hand, never leaving the comfort of your home can become isolating and it becomes difficult to disconnect with reminders of work all around you. If you feel this way about your home office, you’re not alone. That’s why people like Melissa Blackburn and Danielle Allison Lim, co-founders of Haven Collective, are creating spaces to alleviate problems and promote community amongst like-minded and driven individuals.

Haven Collective is a co-working space with a location in Upper Arlington as well as the recently opened mansion operating on Broad Street. Whether you’re a freelancer looking to get started or a veteran of your industry, using a co-working space offers benefits such as low overhead, a variety of payment options, further education through specialty events, and networking opportunities. And once you dig a little deeper, you’ll see what space works best for you and your needs. Some places are better suited for smaller companies; others offer space for up to 100 employees. If the home office is a means of convenience due to parenting, Haven Collective offers a playroom for little ones so mom or dad can stay productive while the kids stay entertained.

But with so many options available, it can get overwhelming just picking one. That’s where we come in. We did some legwork for you to point you in the direction of six additional co-working spaces in the city that are worth checking out.

COVA COWORK | 1069 W Broad St. or 470 W Broad St.

The founders of Cova CoWork know a thing or two about co-working spaces; between all of them, they have collectively worked out of 40 different offices. And it’s these experiences that have helped them shape Cova CoWork into what it is today. Of course, members will have access to high speed internet and all the coffee they can handle, but they’ll also have more lifestyle options such as day care for children at the Gravity location or wellness support. Memberships at Cova CoWork at Gravity begin at $250 while memberships to the location in Franklinton begin at $200.

CO-HATCH | Various (Easton, Polaris, Upper Arlington, two in Worthington, soon-to-be in Dublin)

Whether this is your first crack at starting a business or you’ve been in the industry for years, Co-Hatch has options and locations that will suit your needs. The price points here range from the starter package at $59, granting members 10 hours of usage per month, up to the dedicated desk option at $299 a month where members have access to meeting rooms and event space as well as unlimited usage hours. Co-Hatch is also a communal place to host gatherings as it features a patio for parties, entertainment for children, and even a full gym at the Worthington spot.


THE PERCH | 45 E Lincoln St.

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Industrial design, high ceilings, and tons of lights— it’s like a millennial’s workplace dream. The Perch is a locally owned co-working space one block away from High Street, making it right in the heart of all the action near the Short North, Italian Village, and Downtown. A membership here offers a variety of office necessities such as an AppleTV with a 65’ display, private conference rooms, and perhaps best of all, on-site parking. Additionally, members have options when it comes to dedicated desks and office space, with spaces available for a single person, or a team of four to five. For prices and rates, visit

QWIRK COWORKING | 341 S Third St., Suite 100

Are you looking to dip your toes into the co-working space waters, but aren’t sure where to begin? With the recent announcement of free Fridays where there’s no cost to use the space, QWirk might be a great place to start. Here, members have flexibility when it comes to packages. If you are hoping to set up shop for the foreseeable future, a dedicated room or desk starting at $375 a month might be your best bet. But, if you are just looking to ‘wow’ a client or host a conference, day passes are available for just $10. While in the space, you’ll have access to common areas where you can enjoy a cup of coffee and a snack plus amenities such as high speed internet, lockers to store your personal items, and a mail collection service.

THE IDEA FOUNDRY | 421 W State St.

The Idea Foundry is a hub of creativity. It’s one part a place for classes and workshops, another part an area for events and exhibits, and a final part of co-working spaces and dedicated offices. The options for space here are seemingly endless. If you are just looking for a little extra space for your side hustle, the five-visits-a-month package starts at $100 and provides ultimate flexibility for your schedule. And if you are looking for a more permanent spot, co-working spaces start at $200 per month while dedicated desks begin at $350 per month.

VERSA | 1201 Dublin Rd. or 205 W Nationwide Blvd.

While co-working spaces are popular amongst start-ups and newer businesses, they are also great for a company that is quickly expanding. At Versa, they can offer private office space for a group ranging from two employees to more than 100 workers, meaning they can play host to a variety of businesses in need of space. And if the typical desk setting isn’t your speed, the open work areas provide sofas, couches, and even a patio, all with access to the amenities and perks inside. The best perk of all, though? Versa is dog-friendly and who amongst us couldn’t use more dogs inside the workplace?

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Columbus’s John Tortorella Coach of the Year finalist




Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella / photo by Lori Schmidt

The NHL has announced that Columbus Blue Jackets head man John Tortorella is a finalist for the Jack Adams Coach of the Year Award. If he beats out Bruce Cassidy of the Boston Bruins and Alain Vigneault of the Philadelphia Flyers, it will be the third time Tortorella has taken home the honor. 

He’s been a finalist for the award four times.

Not many seasons have been like this one, though. 

Before COVID-19 interrupted the Blue Jackets season, Columbus went 33-22-15 despite losing 419 man games to injury. 

Among those missing significant time for the Blue Jackets: last year’s leading goal scorer (Cam Atkinson), the team’s All-Star defenseman (Seth Jones), and All-Star goaltender (Joonas Korpisalo). 

Even as players fell to injury, the team rose to ninth place in the Eastern Conference, which qualified them for the modified postseason, which is scheduled for next month.

Columbus will face Toronto in Toronto for a best-of-five Stanley Cup Playoff qualifying round, the dates for the first games of which are set.

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Prior to that, Columbus will face Boston July 30 at 7 p.m. in an exhibition game. 

It won’t be long after that, Tortorella will learn if he is the NHL’s coach of the year. The winners of this year’s NHL honors will be revealed during the Conference Finals.

Hear captain Nick Foligno's thoughts on the Stanley Cup Playoffs below.
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Ohio high school fall sports are on…for now




Interim Executive Director of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Bob Goldring today announced that, as of now, fall sports are going ahead as scheduled. The decision as to whether to cancel play over COVID-19 concerns will be left up to individual schools. 

Goldring added that this could easily change. He talked about the fact that the governor might make a ruling that affects the ability of athletes, particularly those in contact sports, to play. 

There has been some discussion of pushing back the start date of sports in which the most contact occurs, particularly after This Week Sports reported an unknown number of local high school football coaches had suggested moving football to the spring, while having baseball staged in the fall.

Goldring did admit they have been looking at options and said they would be naive not to do so, especially because 80 percent of their revenue comes from ticket sales. Without games being played, tough decisions will certainly have to be made. 

 “The fiscal part of things is very much on my radar,” Goldring said. 

As to whether fans would actually be able to buy tickets and attend games if they do go ahead? Goldring said that, too, is ultimately a local matter. 

OHSAA may cut the minimum number of games a football team is required to play to qualify for the playoffs to account for the possibility of only some games being canceled. 

The board of directors is also still pondering the question of whether athletes can take the field if they are relying on virtual learning and aren’t allowed into the classroom. 

Right now, though, they are proceeding as if the fall season will kick off Aug. 1.

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Buckeyes back to work




Ohio State athletics is permitting athletes from seven different sports to resume voluntary workouts after a pause due to an outbreak of COVID-19. 

Ohio State defensive back Shaun Wade heads into a workout

The university said that all athletes were tested Monday before determining that the resumption was safe. 

“These young people come from across the nation and the world to be part of our Ohio State family, and we do everything we can to create a safe, healthy environment so that they have a chance to study and compete,” said Athletics Director Gene Smith. “Our medical team will continue to evaluate, and we will share decisions as we move forward.”

The Buckeyes have refused to say how many athletes have tested positive, but longtime beat reporter Tim May had said it was fewer than ten. 

OSU teams with athletes currently working out on campus are football, men’s and women’s basketball, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball.

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