WorkBar is Coming to Arlington!

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Coming to Arlington!

Workbar, Boston’s original coworking company, in collaboration with Mirak Properties of Arlington, MA, will open its fourth location in a historic mill building at 1167 Massachusetts Ave in Arlington. Workbar Arlington will occupy 5000 square feet and feature full coworking amenities, including high-speed Internet, meeting rooms and printing.

To learn more and to pre-register for membership, please visit us online at http://info.workbar.com/arlington.

Members of Workbar Arlington will enjoy a range of memberships crafted to support entrepreneurs, independent professionals and remote workers, as well a strong community enhanced by events, programming and skill sharing.

1167 Massachusetts Ave is a historic mill dating to the 1850’s and easily accessible by auto and public transit as well as the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway. The building and its surrounding landscape are being renovated to accommodate state of the art energy systems, including high efficiency windows and doors, solar panels, geothermal energy, and enhanced green space, all while remaining sensitive to the mill’s historic design.

Workbar, which launched in Downtown Boston in 2009, provides both community and convenience for its members. The ten coworking locations in the Workbar Network, including six partner spaces, provide Massachusetts entrepreneurs with quality locations near where they live, a strong regional community, and the option to work from any space in the Network.

“Arlington is a natural location for Workbar. Because so many small businesses and independent professionals are here in town, we see tons of potential for coworking,” said Bill Jacobson, CEO & Founder of Workbar. “With high tech neighbors like Glance Networks, Sunbug Solar, Spy Pond Partners and Media Electric, we are in good company in a great building.”

The Town of Arlington has shown a strong commitment to innovation and coworking, sponsoring informational sessions and panel discussions over the past two years, and will host, in partnership with the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and Arlington Entrepreneurs, a coworking information session on October 21st at 7pm at Town Hall (in the Lyons Hearing Room).

“Educating residents on new ways of working is an important part of our planning and economic development mission,” says Ted Fields, Economic Development Planner in the Department of Planning and Community Development. “Anyone interested in exploring coworking or other innovative office use is welcome to attend. Please contact 781-316-3095 or tfields@town.arlington.ma.us for more information about this event.”

Jill Mirak, vice president of Mirak Properties and project manager for the Workbar renovation, echoed Fields’ opinion. “We are delighted to join forces with Workbar in this 21st Century business of coworking.”

About Workbar

Workbar is a network of shared, coworking office spaces for all business types – including startups, independent professionals, small businesses, and remote teams from large enterprises. Along with diverse and productive work environments, events, and programming, Workbar fosters a vibrant community of 800 members from over 500 different companies. Started in 2009, Workbar has thus far grown to three coworking centers, with Arlington joining as the fourth, and nine regional network spaces throughout the Greater Boston area, including the UMass Lowell iHub, Running Start in Worcester, Work Station in Cohasset, the Framingham State University Entrepreneur Innovation Center, Fields Corner Business Lab in Dorchester, and Groundwork! in New Bedford, as well as industry specific Centers of Excellence in Adtech, with Mullen Lowe, fintech with DCU, and Health Innovation, with IHI.

About Mirak Properties

Incorporated in 1932 by John Mirak, an immigrant from Armenia, and now in its third generation, Mirak Properties has grown into a Greater Boston real estate enterprise with commercial, industrial, office and residential developments in Arlington, Boston, Winthrop, Malden and Everett. The company is headed by Bob Mirak and his daughters, Jill and Jennifer Mirak, and has ties with Mirak Chevrolet and Mirak Hyundai. The Mirak family has a philanthropic arm, the John Mirak Foundation, which supports local charities as well as those in Armenia.

A Visit to Town Day

Town Day Crosswalk 2015

I walked to Arlington Town Day earlier this month. It was a nice ramble, in relatively decent weather. Most of my Town Day memories involve a lot of unseasonable heat. The crowds were there as before, but I thought I detected a bit of a breeze in the air.

Arlington has a very strong, active community and its local organizations – as well as its businesses – reflect that. I’m always amazed at the number of community organizations at Town Day, everything from student groups, to sister city initiatives, to sustainable life and development and more. Arlington’s small businesses are out in force as well, of course. Not surprisingly, I also ran into some of our member organizations.

Arlington Housing Corporation Pam Hallett
Pam Hallett of Arlington Housing Corporation

At some point I visited the Arlington Housing Corporation table and chatted a bit with its Executive Director (and AE member) Pam Hallett. Check out the work of the housing corporation if you hadn’t done so before. They do great work in the community and help make Arlington a more affordable, equitable place to live.

I also met the new Director of Libraries, Andrea Nicolay. I’m looking forward to seeing her again in my many trips to the Robbins Library (a/k/a “My second home”).

Andrea Nicolay New Director Robbins Library
Meet Andrea Nicolay, New Director of Libraries in Arlington

AE member Bob Sprague of YourArlington.com also made an appearance, along with his wife and local author, Marjorie Howard. Marjorie and fellow author Barbara Goodman are in the process of publishing  the book “Legendary Locals Arlington.” Be on the lookout for it!

There’s an arts area at Town Day, in front of the Jefferson Cutter house on Massachusetts Ave. It’s there I ran into Linda Shoemaker, Executive Director of the Arlington Center for the Arts. I just checked their website a moment ago and it looks like there’s a lot of interesting stuff going on: Arlington Open Studios in October, along with its regular lineup of courses and events.

AE Member Linda Shoemaker, Executive Director of the Arlington Center for the Arts
AE Member Linda Shoemaker, Executive Director of the Arlington Center for the Arts

Before finishing up, I thought I’d give a shout out to our Arlington business association neighbors, The Capitol Square Business Association and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. It’s good to know we’re all here and pulling together for the economic development of our town!

East Arlington's Capitol Square
East Arlington’s Capitol Square

 

Beth Locke, Director of the Chamber of Commerce
Beth Locke, Director of the Chamber of Commerce

Check out all that Arlington has to offer. It’s just a walk, bike ride or short walk away!

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