Tri-Cities only co-working community moves to bigger location

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A downtown Johnson City business with a totally different concept has outgrown its space and is opening a new, larger one.

Spark Plaza, the Tri-Cities first and only co-working community, is celebrating its new location at 404 S. Roan St. with a special event Friday, Oct. 26 from 4-6 p.m. with an open house as well as the unveiling of a special piece of art, created by Spark Plaza members. 

“Spark Plaza is a co-working community.  It is a community of like-minded individuals who work out of the same shared space,”, Spark Plaza Co-Founder Jose Castillo said, “We’ve had member from around the country over the last 9 years, about 100 different businesses have been through Spark Plaza and we finally decided it was time to expand, we had out grown our old space and needed more space.”

Spark Plaza has been around for 9 years and Jose and his wife Shannon want the space to become a place where others can leave their mark. Castillo says the reason co-working spaces work is that people who could work from home realize that it’s simply not always the most viable option.

“9 years ago, when we launched, nobody really knew what co-working was, it was still in its infancy. But, over the last 9 years, as we’ve grown, people have said we need more space, we need more creative space, and we want more people to be part of the community,”, Castillo added, “So that is why we moved, we’ve upgraded our space and given our members what they’ve asked for.”

Spark Plaza currently has four full-time and five part-time spaces available. Unlimited 5-day cards are available and conference room rentals are available.For more information about Spark Plaza, call 423-943-5262 or visit sparkplaza.com. 

The open house is open to the community and food, drinks and music will be provided.

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