The birth of Workbar
Workbar started as something of a pop-up. In 2009, the company that Boston startup veteran Bill Jacobson subleased office space from in the Leather District suddenly folded. They left behind a surfeit of office space and furniture, and Bill, along with the Building Owners, saw an opportunity to capitalize by inviting members of Boston’s growing entrepreneurial community to come in and work – no long-term lease necessary. With the demand they saw for this no-commitment workspace, Workbar was born. It didn’t take long for members to flock to the space, and soon Workbar moved to its first permanent location across from South Station in downtown Boston. From there, Workbar expanded to locations in Cambridge and beyond.
Workplace wellness in action
We knew that folks were ready for someplace more reliable than the local coffee shop to get work done – and we also knew that the stuffy, fluorescent-lit cubicles of yore wouldn’t cut it either. Workbar set out to create beautiful spaces that brought in wellness principles that put us ahead of the game in today’s health- and safety-minded climate. In 2017, Workbar Back Bay became the first coworking space in the world to achieve WELL Certification from the International Well Building Institute: a testament to the fact that natural light, advanced air filtration, and other health-supportive elements are as important as fast WiFi and ergonomic office chairs to productivity and overall well being.
Location is everything
While other coworking conglomerates focused on peppering cities across the world with workspaces, Workbar took a more local approach, keeping focus on Greater Boston. While many of our members were based in the city, plenty more were further afield, and wanted to eschew those wretched commutes that even the Big Dig couldn’t mitigate. So we opened our first suburban location in 2016 in Arlington, followed by locations in Norwell, Needham and Salem, giving more people dynamic, productive workspaces closer to where they live. Now, no matter where you are in the area, you’re never more than 20 minutes from a great place to get work done.