When we are not working from home or at a clients site we hang out on the 4th floor of a converted warehouse building in downtown St. Paul.
It is what is known as a 'collaborative workspace' provided by a company called CoCo. What that means is there are other companies and individuals that share a very large and semi-open space. It is mainly comprised of tech type companies and startups but it also has everyone from lawyers to artists. It is kind of a nerd-haven if you will. It also allows us to conveniently utilize these other companies services if need be just by walking up and talking to them. The other advantage of officing at CoCo is that it allows us to scale our space requirements up and down on a monthly basis depending on how many concurrent projects we are working on. The building and workspaces are quite refeshing if you have never experienced them before or are used to a 5x5 cubicle.
If you show up at our office without an appointment you might find yourself getting stone-walled by our primary concierge/curator (Steve) unless it is a Wednesday where there is typically someone around the office. So make sure you have a confirmed appointment setup before stopping by and we will tell him you are not a solicitor.
At CoCo we have three meeting rooms (on the 5th floor) to work with our clients when needed. We love to have our clients come for a visit. If you prefer we can always bring our portable projector to your location if that works better for you. In the pictures below the meeting rooms are named (from left to right) The Situation Room, The Think Tank and The Greenhouse. It is probably a good thing they did not let us name them because we would have chose something practical and boring like big, medium and small.
Driving downtown can be a bit confusing for some people and parking can be inconvenient if there are any events or baseball games going on. There are plenty of other parking ramps/lots in the area you can choose from, you do not have to use the recommened one we suggested, we have found it is just the easiest and most direct one to use. There is no 'free' parking anywhere downtown. You do not even have to use the parking ramps at all if you choose not too, there are several parking meters on the streets. If you are saavy enough, the lightrail (greenline) stops right outside our front door.