101 offers office space for office-less

Kali Katerberg/Daily Mining Gazette The 101 Quincy study space gets some use from a couple of visitors at Wednesday’s open house.

HANCOCK — The name is 101 Quincy, the game is coworking, and it will be difficult to say you don’t know where it is located.

The business hosted an open house for the community Wednesday, introducing attendees to the idea of coworking and the new space.

Coworking is a relatively new concept that is growing in popularity. Spaces have members who are freelancers, startups and similar small businesses providing an office setting among peers. In the case of 101, members have options to have a regular presence, schedule or at-will punch cards.

Coworking has multiple purposes — ease of access to office space, structure, creative energy and getting those that work from home out and among peers, said founder Lynn Makela.

“The main premise of it is it’s a lot of different people working on different projects so bringing that energy to their space,” she said.

Makela met co-founder Jacob Northey after moving back to the area last fall and moved quickly to start 101 Quincy.

Northey had a space and an idea. Makela had a vision. They both needed a place to work and knew others in a similar situation.

Northey is working on his own local social networking app. Makela works remotely, providing digital marketing talent to brands.

“I was doing the work-from-home thing, and just kind of going stir crazy,” she said.

So far there are four members, a number the team hopes to grow to at least 12. The location can accommodate as many as 20.

Northey has had additional inquiries, although a surge in people is not expected right away.

“There’s definitely interest out there,” he said. “We’re just looking for a handful of people to get things started, and I feel like over time people will join. … For us, we’re more interested in culture than the business side. We want to develop a space of people that are working together on different things but bringing a lot of creative energy to each other’s projects.”

“Here you can come and share all the services of having office space without having to pay any of the rent for a box or a cube,” Makela said.

She expects the number of jobs that can be done remotely to continue to increase, bringing people like herself back to the area for the quality of life and love of the area.

There is still room to expand, but for now there are a range of options, including private offices, quiet areas, lounge, boardroom and a kitchen.

Makela is open to feedback and working with members.

“We want to build this space to fit people and want to know what those needs are,” she said.

Among those residing in the new facility are the Keweenaw Land Trust and Brockit Photography after the former E.L. Wright School building was converted to rental apartments.