• Rob Glover

Growing in Gaston: 4 Coworking Spaces to Get Stuff Done

Updated: Feb 10

Technology has changed the way people work. High-speed internet, cloud data storage, and virtual meeting apps have diminished the need for centralized clusters of workers.


The untethering of employees from large corporate hubs has created a growing population of start-up entrepreneurs, remote workers, and freelancers.


Gaston County, with its proximity to the airport, growing infrastructure (like gigabit internet connectivity), and a fantastic quality of life is well-positioned to support this new, agile workforce.


Entrepreneurial and remote work doesn’t always happen in a home office or garage, despite what the stereotype may suggest. Sometimes there is a need for professional meeting space, office amenities, or just an energetic, collaborative atmosphere that can’t happen at the dining room table.


When you just require an internet connection and a great latte, one of Gaston’s amazing coffee shops will do just fine. When something more is needed, coworking spaces are a great option.


With beautiful interiors, networking opportunities, fully stocked cafes, and endless coffee (and sometimes beer and wine!), these spaces are meeting the needs of Gaston’s growing creative entrepreneurial and remote workforce.


Here are four existing, or coming soon, coworking spaces in Gaston County that will help you level-up your productivity.


Y3 Workbar

Location: 365 N New Hope Road Suite 6, Gastonia, NC

Photo: Y3 Workbar

What’s nearby: Across the road from Eastridge Mall, it’s a short drive to the venerable Sprouts Cafe for one of their fluffy biscuit breakfast sandwiches, amazing grilled cheeses, or homemade baked goods.


Highlights: Y3 Workbar has multiple rooms available by the hour or day, each designed for a different type of work experience. The Lounge and The Living Room would be great for relaxed, creative sessions while other rooms like the Blue Mac, The Hashtag, and The Gradient are ready for business. There’s even a media studio for YouTube or Podcast production. Dedicated desks and offices are also available. Each plan includes access to a fully stocked cafe and high-speed internet access.


Cost:

Hourly and daily plans available.

Monthly plans start at $99.

TechWorks Gaston

Location: 52A Ervin Street, Belmont

What’s nearby: TechWorks Gaston is just a few steps from Belmont’s charming Main Street. Try Mugshots for a fine pour-over coffee or The String Bean when a great lunch is required.


Highlights: TechWorks is a unique space in the Charlotte region. Housed in a historic brick building dating back to Gaston’s textile days, the facility is a tech hub and learning center that serves students, entrepreneurs, and tech startups alike.


Along with networking and educational opportunities, TechWorks offers dedicated desks, small and large offices, and event space rental. Every plan comes with gigabit fiber and wifi connectivity, an outdoor workspace, and access to a modern cafe that’s fully stocked with coffee, wine, and beer.


Related: Here's What to Expect at TechWorks Gaston, a First-in-the-Region Technology Hub in Downtown Belmont


Costs:

Plans range from $250 for a dedicated desk to $1,500 for a large office with windows

COWORK on Main

Location: 219 W Main Ave, Gastonia

Photo: COWORK on Main

What’s nearby: COWORK on Main is right in the heart of Gastonia’s booming downtown. Java House Cafe serves hearty breakfast sandwiches and homemade beignets nearby. Spindle City Cafe is the spot for a quick, healthy lunch while Webb Custom Kitchen is a good option when you need to impress a client.


Highlights: The recently renovated space offers executive offices, lobby, bar, and a kitchen. COWORK on Main puts a premium on networking, fostering connections that will help you build your business.


Cost: Plans start at $550/month

Venture X Belmont (coming end of 2020)

Location: 42 Catawba Street, Belmont


What’s nearby: Venture X Belmont will be located just around the corner from Nellie’s Southern Kitchen and very near the new Jekyll & Hyde Taphouse and Grill (opening soon).


Highlights: Venture X is a franchise with about 100 coworking spaces nationwide. Details of the Belmont location are still taking shape, but generally Venture X touts higher-end features akin to a boutique hotel. Expect a few dedicated desks and several well-appointed offices and communal spaces like a kitchen and lobby.

Costs: Plan pricing hasn’t been set for the Belmont location.

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