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WorkAbout Coffee & Coworking Opens In Lumberyard Arts District


Last updated 8/23/2021 at 6pm

Jeremiah Reed

WorkAbout Coffee & Coworking recently held a ribbon cutting.

WorkAbout Coffee & Coworking is now open for daily, weekly, and monthly coworking membership in Brevard's Lumberyard Arts District. Remote workers and laptop entrepreneurs can enjoy a community workspace with a meeting room, flexible desks, a phone booth, a printer, coffee and snacks. And soon, WorkAbout will be expanding its offerings with one of the only farm-to-cup coffee shops around. By early fall, WorkAbout Coffee will open to the public for espresso drinks and grab-n-go fare.

Jesse and Leigha Toller started the coworking space out of a personal need for good WiFi and human connection during their days working from home. With remote working on the rise, people they met also expressed interest in a place to get away from the house during the workday. Some people needed time away from the kids. And some needed better WiFi than their mountaintop dial-up service could provide.

The couple mulled over the idea for a few months. Could a smaller town like Brevard support a coworking space? If so, it would have to be unique. What kind of space would Brevard need?

UpCountry Brewing was one of the first places they visited when they moved to Brevard. They continued to spend time there as Jesse picked up bartending shifts over the summer. There was a side room inside the brewery that wasn't used very often. They asked themselves if this area could be where they put their idea to the test. It would have the perfect casual vibe. And it would strike a balance between focused work and play - inspiring people to work smarter so they can get on to the things they really enjoy.

They approached John Cochran, the founder of UpCountry Brewing and cofounder of Athens Georgia's Terrapin Brew-ing Company, with a pitch for starting WorkAbout in his under-used square footage. They agreed they'd try it and see if the dynamic between computer-based workers and taproom patrons would work. So far, WorkAbout is going great. They've had almost 50 people join or try the space. The consensus is that it's working. And that WorkAbout is going to continue to grow and evolve. The next step is solidifying the partnership between UpCountry and WorkAbout and opening the coffee bar.


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