Freelancers, work-from-homers, creatives and everyone in between, it’s time we introduced you to the Sunshine Coast’s newest creative co-work space.
Common Collective threw open its doors in Maroochydore a couple of months ago, and after posting countless awesome pics on their Insta page and hosting a fabulous event showcasing local talent, we knew we had to check it out IRL. So that’s exactly what we did.
Tucked off Sugar Road, down the back of Maroochydore, we were more than a little stoked when we pulled up to a warehouse space. Yep, this isn’t some sleek, shiny co-work space, it’s industrial, a little bit grungy and a whole lot, well, our vibe.
Run by super-lovely couple Shawnee and Joel (and their office dog, Coby), we booked a desk for the day to really see what Common Collective is all about.
Our first impression? BIG! You walk through a roller door entry and into a wide open space, used for daily Pilates classes taught by Shawnee herself. Yep, multi-talented is a word that fits right in with this place. The floor is covered with an eclectic mix of rugs, there’s exposed timber beams and festoon lights—and we’re already convinced that only crazy people wouldn’t want to work out here.
On the ground floor is also where you’ll find the co-work space, separated from the events and Pilates space with walls and windows, and before you ask, yes, there’s air-con. Inside here are plenty of desks, available to hire permanently or as a hot desk for the day. You’ll also have access to the kitchen—and Shawnee’s homemade brownies, if you’re lucky—bathroom and a chill-out zone, complete with a couch, books and backgammon.
If that was where it all ended, we’d be impressed, but then we find out there’s an upstairs section too. On the second level, we check out the conference room which is available to any peeps working out of Common Collective, and another room of hot desks for those who just want to pop in every now and then.
Unlike workspaces where it’s all heads down, bums up, Common Collective promotes conversation and collaboration. So, if you’re looking for somewhere to zone out with earphones and tap your computer keys at 10,000 miles an hour…this may not be the place for you. On the other hand, if you want to meet like-minded people who may end up becoming sounding boards or even better, new business partners, then you really oughtta check it out.
Open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, you can book your desk or Pilates class here. And with plans to start introducing regular movie nights, popup shops and talks, all aimed at bringing the local creative community together, we’re confident this isn’t the last time you’ll be hearing about Common Collective from us.
Image credit: Amy Higg for The Urban List