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Williamsburg coworking space boasts garden, room for collaboration at new location

Coworking space in Work Nimbly’s new office. (Courtesy Jenn Hayes)

A coworking space in Williamsburg has moved its office in order to offer a larger, more productive space to its members.

In mid-September, Work Nimbly moved its location to 201 Penniman Road, which boasts more space, including room for workshops, classes and more, according to a news release from the company.

Work Nimbly, which opened in 2014, is a creative coworking space that rents office and work space to workers across the Historic Triangle. The website describes Work Nimbly as, “a productive haven for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and independent workers.”

Coworking allows individuals to set up shop in a communal space, working for an hour, a day or in a more permanent arrangement.

“We have so much more room now,” said Gretchen Bedell, co-owner of Work Nimbly in the release. “We really hit capacity at our former place. Now we have room for workshops, classes, conferences, and, of course, more coworkers.”

Work Nimbly’s previous offices were located on Ingram Road in the Five Forks area of James City County. Bedell said Work Nimbly’s office on Penniman Drive is roughly 2,400 square feet larger than the old location.

The new office offers outdoor space, more conference space and room for events, according to the release. It will even offer a veggie garden.

“One of the challenges of the new space was to make sure we still had the productive, yet communal, vibe we had in the Teacherage Building,” said Jenn Hayes, Work Nimbly co-owner. “With input from our community members we’ve brought over all the things everyone liked in the old space, and then added more.”

Gretchen Bedell and Jenn Haynes, co-owners of Work Nimbly, the day they signed the lease and received the keys to the new space at 201 Penniman Rd. (Courtesy Jenn Hayes)

The owners of Work Nimbly tout the company as “an interactive place to work and be productive,” according to the website, that has the ability to foster collaboration between independent workers.

Work Nimbly provides resources to its members, including private conference rooms and workshop places, events, networking and community. It also offers Gnorman’s Little Free Business Library, and anyone in the community is encouraged to take or leave a business book.

Work Nimbly has several membership plans designed to fit the various needs of the area’s independent workers.

“We’ve grown so much in the past three years, I’m excited to see what our small business community comes up with next,” Haynes said.

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