We’re welcoming Huddle x Launch Pad to the Proximity Network! Located in Stockton, California, this modern coworking space is designed for innovators, entrepreneurs, and creatives. With three floors of coworking space, Huddle x Launch Pad offers everything from private offices and open community rooms, to kombucha, a nap room, and bike-sharing. We caught up with community manager Matty to learn more about what he loves about coworking.
When did you open your coworking space and what enticed you to do so?
This space opened its doors in 2014! The owners at the time saw an opportunity because nothing like it existed in a city of 300k+. We learned there was a thriving creative community hungry for change and a space to collaborate with like-minded individuals.
Tell us about your space. How big is it?
Located in the heart of downtown Stockton, we take up 3 floors in the historic 1916 Belding Building. With a little over 12k sqft, we offer 27 private offices, two open community rooms, two conference rooms, and phone cubbies.
What kinds of amenities do you have?
[We have] superfast wifi, free coffee, free printing, free use of conference rooms, a friendly front desk concierge, beer and kombucha on tap (soon), bike-sharing, and a nap room.
What sort of quirks make it special?
We believe our members are what make this place special. Take away the walls and we’d still be considered an inspiring place to work. The fact that we’re directly above a local vegan restaurant and microbrewery helps as well!
What is your favorite thing about operating a coworking space?
My favorite thing about this place is the opportunity to genuinely and intentionally help people inside and outside of these walls. One of my favorite questions to ask people is, “What’s your dream?”. Once they answer, the wheels in my head start to turn trying to figure out how to help make their dream come true!
What has been the most surprising/unexpected thing about operating a coworking space?
The most surprising thing about this space is how much of a beacon of hope for our community it has turned into. Stocktonians start to believe what our city can become just by experiencing our space for the first time. It truly is inspiring to see people from our community light up with joy during a tour and leave with a sense of pride.
What’s your favorite story about one of your members?
Gosh…too many to choose from! It would have to be watching the local kombucha brewers Martin and Alex from Amor Kombucha take an idea and turn into a Stockton staple. Their hustle and grind is inspiring and is done with 100% LOVE!!!
What is your biggest piece of advice for someone wanting to open a space?
PUT YOUR MEMBERS + STAFF FIRST! Every decision you make must always be about them.