We’re welcoming momHIVE to the Proximity Network! This new coworking space just opened on July 1st in Grand Rapids, Michigan in a beautifully renovated historic home. momHIVE is a place for moms to get shit done and offers on-site childcare. They’re starting an amazing community of women and we can’t wait to see them thrive! We caught up with co-owner Alyssa Cairns who told us a bit more about her space.
When did you open your coworking space and what enticed you to do so?
[We opened on July 1st!] We started dreaming about a place for moms to get out of their homes, focus on their business/careers, network and build the community that they were missing since choosing to stay at home with their young kiddos. The conversation started in February, we moved into our space June 1, and July 1 we officially opened for business.
Tell us about your space. How big is it? What kinds of amenities do you have? What sort of quirks make it special?
We have a historic 3-bedroom house that has been converted to commercial rental space. It’s very charming and comfortable with a kitchenette, spaces to work in groups, quiet workspaces, and the ability to close the huge french doors to create a meeting space in the “living room.” We have on-site childcare 4 hours a day in the “tinyHIVE” to let mamas with very little ones reclaim their professional identity and focus on their work/networking & self-care for a few hours a day. We are also located in a boutique shopping and dining neighborhood that is walking distance for many of our members. We hope to make adding coworking and community back into their routines something that they just can’t imagine living without!
What is your favorite thing about operating a coworking space?
The response and eager catalyzing of our community have been so encouraging and refreshing. This is a space that we (working moms/ women who work remote) ALL have been wishing for – and now is the time for us to create the reality we want to live.