In Austin, it sometimes seems the only thing more prevalent than scooters is coworking spaces. However, a new Dallas-based company is clocking in with two new locations, offering big amenities and promising an "experiential" shared workspace.
On June 17, Common Desk, a Dallas-based company, announced the opening of Common Desk — North Austin, a 17,000-square-foot space on West Anderson Lane, which is now operating. It will open a second location in the Littlefield Building, incidentally the city's oldest office building, on Sixth Street and Congress Avenue later this year.
Common Desk is "designed for individuals, startups, growing teams, and small businesses," and includes shared desk space, private offices for two- to 14-person teams, and conference rooms, according to a release.
The company has built its reputation in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where it currently operates eight locations (a Houston outpost is also on the way). Along with traditional coworking offerings, Common Desk also has some pretty big perks, including its own roasting company, Fiction Coffee, and an in-house app where renters can order things like lattes and beer.
“Though coworking is already prevalent in Austin, Common Desk is entering the market to provide Austin professionals a truly elevated experience with the amenities we’re dropping in, our incredible staff, and our Texas-sized offices,” says CEO Nick Clark in a release.
When Common Desk moves into the Littlefield Building later this year, it will take over the top two floors of the iconic building. The company says it plans to keep the historic feel of the structure, with natural woods, warm tones, and "art installations with local Austin artists," which is quickly becoming the de facto promise of any brand trying to break into the Austin market.
Littlefield will also offer a host of other big perks, including "a greenhouse meeting space, a cocktail lounge and wetbar, two shared kitchen areas, [and] a wellness and mothers’ room."
One of the other perks members receive is access to other locations across the state. "We have always thought Austin and our brand would be a great match," Clark continues, "and as we continue to grow our footprint across Texas, we can’t wait to finally add Austin to our network for current and future members to enjoy."
The North Austin locale, at 2301 W. Anderson Ln., is currently open and serving 200 members, according to the company; the downtown space is scheduled to open later this year. Common Desk says it will begin operating tours and taking applications for Littlefield in August.