Whenever Chris Vestal stopped in local coffee shops, he always found a number of patrons working away on their laptops between sips of mocha.
When he asked if there weren't quieter environments around in which to work, he was told there were none.
That was enough market research for the owner of Concept Vision LLC, of Schererville and Colorado Springs, Colo., to begin laying the groundwork for the creation of a local co-working space such as that he uses in Colorado.
While he had been looking for a spot for himself to use since for his graphics and animation firm, Vestal decided to fill what is an obvious need.
The result is NWIcoworking, an 11,000-square-foot space with room to grow in Schererville.
Vestal partnered with Rick Newell of EON Properties LLC, of Schererville, who owns the upscale property at 322 Indianapolis Blvd. in which NWIcoworking is housed.
"You don't need a dedicated office," Newell said.
Sports agent Cliff Brady, who had maintained an office for about 14 years, agreed. He became one of the first members.
"That situation is perfect for me. I love the concept ... I signed up for like six months," Brady said in February. For him, the professional environment with a conference room made membership a must.
Vestal said he and Newell wanted a place with a panoramic view in which members and walk-ins could work from a tablet or laptop in comfort and quiet.
"No more cubicles," Vesta said. "We wanted to have it as open as we could."
The space has high ceilings and windows and will be furnished with Herman Miller furniture. There will be a kitchenette and network printer. On-premise amenities include the private conference room, free parking, high-speed Internet -- and, Vestal said -- great coffee.
Vestal's investment to date is based on the lean startup premise and is less than $1,000. NWIcoworking needs about 20 full-time members to complete the build-out at the upscale property.
Those joining early will pay from $12 a day to $153 a month for 24/7 secure, key-code access.
While they expect to appeal to freelance artists, web designers and folks like Brady, Vestal said he believes the co-working space could have an appeal to Chicago commuters who need a quiet space before facing the distractions of home. Larger Chicago companies might choose to use it as an employee benefit, he said.
Vestal and Newell say they hope to create a feeling of community that will be conducive to creativity, sharing ideas and networking.
For more information, contact Vestal at (719) 201-5390 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.NWIcoworking.com.