Rootstone Creative: Coworking in Leavenworth, Washington
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Leavenworth Community Workspace: Coworking in Leavenworth, Washington

When I came back to Washington to settle semi-permanently after 5 years of nomadic living, I didn’t expect to find much in the way of coworking. I just assumed the whole location independent lifestyle thing hadn’t really made its way to my rural part of the state.

So, imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon a community workspace in Leavenworth (just miles from where I’m living) while researching coworking in Washington! I honestly couldn’t believe my eyes.Rootstone Creative: Coworking in Leavenworth, Washington

Leavenworth Community Workspace is one of the only coworking spaces in this part of Central Washington as far as I can tell–the next closest one I could locate is called Catalyst Coworking in Ellensburg.

Naturally, I had to see it for myself.

Having just moved into an apartment in neighboring Wenatchee, I wasn’t really in need of a coworking space myself, but I wanted to see if it might be suitable for other digital nomads who happen to be passing through the region.

Leavenworth has plenty of cafes, but being the small town that it is, most places have a pretty early closing time (think 4 or 5 pm). This gives a coworking space an easy advantage if it can offer even slightly more flexible hours, and this shared office space does.

Rootstone Creative: Coworking in Leavenworth, Washington

Anywho, I motored up to Leavenworth one day to check out the Leavenworth Community Workspace, and here’s what I found.

Leavenworth Community Workspace, Leavenworth, Washington

First of all, the entrance to this community workspace is not well marked. And by that I mean it’s not marked at all.

I wandered to a few different doors and asked in at least one shop (and despite being directly below it, they’d never even heard of the workspace) before finally discovering the staircase that led me to the second-floor office space I sought (if you’re going there yourself, you’ll find it sandwiched between WineGirl Wines and the Renaissance Cafe).Rootstone Creative: Coworking in Leavenworth, Washington

What I didn’t know is that no one would be at the desk to greet me and you need an access code to get in. Luckily a girl working inside took pity on me and opened the door, explaining that the owner, Matt, was often not around, but he was easy to reach by telephone.

Silly me, I thought I could just waltz in and speak to someone, but apparently, this is not the case.

After a quick chat on the phone with Matt (lovely guy, by the way) he’d explained that everyone gets one free visit to see if they like the place, but otherwise, you need to purchase a membership plan to access the space. You can book a visit or buy a membership plan online via the Leavenworth Community Workspace website.

I thanked him kindly for the info, he gave me a door code to use for the day, and I settled into a seat by the window, facing the charming streets of Leavenworth.Rootstone Creative: Coworking in Leavenworth, Washington

There were a handful of people in the main working area that day, and one girl making use of the more private (and more expensive) offices toward the back of the building (there are just a few of these desks available for full-time members).

A few things I liked about Leavenworth Community Workspace right off the bat:

  • Lots of natural light
  • Plenty of power outlets
  • Comfortable desks and chairs
  • Couches and other seating options
  • Free coffee and tea
  • A kitchen equipped with fridge & microwave
  • Offers 24/7 access

In addition, there’s a space that can be used for meetings and events, and larger tables where teams can sit together and work collaboratively if need be.Rootstone Creative: Coworking in Leavenworth, Washington

You can find a list of upcoming events being held at the Leavenworth Community Workspace here (access to special events is free to all members).

Leavenworth Community Workspace Memberships

Unlike many coworking spaces, this space offers some part-time membership options in addition to their full-time memberships, which is handy for people who may only be in town for a week or two.Rootstone Creative: Coworking in Leavenworth, Washington

There are three part-time options: 5 visits per month ($50), 10 visits per month ($90) or 15 visits per month ($120). As to be expected, you pay less per visit the more often you use the space.

The next two options are for full-time use. The first is $155 per month, and the final membership is for those requiring a private desk/office space for $250 per month.

Final Thoughts

Leavenworth Community Workspace offers an excellent alternative to working in a Leavenworth cafe. The round-the-clock access is a huge selling point, as is the fact that you won’t have to beg someone to watch your stuff every time you get up to use the bathroom.

Not only that, but you’ll probably spend $10 just to sit and use a cafe’s WiFi anyway, so you might as well pay $10 per visit and help yourself to the unlimited coffee and tea bar at this shared office space.Rootstone Creative: Coworking in Leavenworth, Washington

It’s not a perfect solution for digital nomads just passing through town for a few days since you can’t purchase single day passes, but perhaps as remote work and the location independent lifestyle continues to grow in the Pacific Northwest, they’ll expand their offerings.

After all, with the abundance of wineries, breweries, and outdoor adventure activities like hiking and river rafting, Leavenworth is a pretty great place to go for a Washington workation.

Contact Info

Address: 217 8th St #200, Leavenworth, WA 98826

Email: matt@rootstonecreative.com

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10 Comments

  • Reply Marissa July 19, 2017 at 10:10 am

    I love this! I had no idea they would have a space like this in Leavenworth. Free coffee with comfy chairs? Sign me up! I’ll have to check this out next time I head that way!

    • Reply Leah Davis July 19, 2017 at 11:41 am

      I had no idea either! It’s cool to see the “work from anywhere” trend making its way over here 🙂

  • Reply Mani @ A New Life Wandering July 19, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    This is pretty cool. And that’s great that you went to check it out to put the info out there. It makes me wonder if there are spaces like this where I live (even though I’m not currently in the market for one.)

    • Reply Leah Davis July 21, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      Yeah I was really surprised to find one because I didn’t think there would be in such a rural area. But, I’m glad to know there are remote workers (and resources to support them) cropping up in little old Leavenworth 🙂

  • Reply Kelly July 20, 2017 at 9:04 am

    I’ve never actually used a coworking space, but I’ve always been intrigued by the idea. I typically just work from my apartment, but I still haven’t found a chair for my desk so I spend wayyy too much time working from my couch. I’m actually starting to get stiff knees and hips from all the weird ways I sit, so getting out the house might not be a bad idea!

    • Reply Leah Davis July 21, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      OMG Kelly, it hurts my back just THINKING of sitting on the couch to do my work. I have pinched nerves in both shoulders, and sitting in a way that’s not ergonomic exacerbates the pain like crazy. I got my desk and chair from a local thrift shop–they don’t match but I’m going to paint them white to match the decor of my room (because I rarely use coworking spaces either, ha) 🙂 But yes, having the option of going somewhere else to work is definitely nice!

  • Reply Leslie Carvitto August 14, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Hey Leah!

    My husbands family all live in Leavenworth and we are there all the time. I’ve never actually checked out the co-working space but their coffee company (Lookout Coffee) supplied some of the beans for the digital nomads. Maybe you had some of it on your visit? If you head that way again soon it would be fun to meet up!

  • Reply John Marc Ramirez August 15, 2017 at 12:18 am

    The Leavenworth Community Workspace has so much to offer in terms of services, and these services make them an attractive co-working space to freelancers or others who want to work there. Thank you so much for sharing this one. 🙂

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