Draft beer at work? See inside The Shop, New Orleans’ trendy new co-working space

The Shop, a new co-working space at the Contemporary Arts Center in downtown New Orleans, will open in September, marking the latest development designed to cater to young creative workers in the city. New photos released Monday (Aug. 4) show a freshly renovated space that plays up the building’s large windows and exposed wooden beams.

The Domain Cos., which developed the space and will manage it, said in a news release it has opened leasing for the 40,000-square-foot space, which occupies the third and fourth floors of the Contemporary Arts Center. In addition to shared desks and pet-friendly private offices, the space has a large common area, a kitchen with coffee and beer on tap, meeting rooms, and a rooftop deck and garden.

Matt Schwartz, principal at The Domain Cos., said its creators want The Shop to “serve as a network of the city’s brightest innovators.”

“The Shop will strengthen the growing entrepreneurial fabric of downtown New Orleans, bringing together a diverse community of professionals, businesses, and cultural organizations making an impact,” Schwartz said.

To that end, the space has already pre-leased to a group of tenants with ties to the startup community in New Orleans and internationally, including The Idea Village, an incubator for New Orleans startups, Bridges Fund Management and the NO/LA Angel Network. Other tenants include The NOLA Project and Greater New Orleans Inc., which will lease space for tech firms considering a move to the city to use.

The Shop has room for up to 400 tenants total. More traditional office amenities include high-speed WiFi, printers and scanners, and conference rooms with video conferencing equipment.

The Shop isn’t allowing reporters to tour the space just yet, but photos released Friday show a space with lots of light, open spaces, and natural elements, including the large exposed wooden beams that are a historical nod to the days when the building at 900 Camp St. served as the old K&B warehouse. The Contemporary Arts Center opened there in 1976.

The arts center will continue to operate on the lower floors of the building, an aspect The Domain Cos. thinks will help create a hub for creative ventures, from design firms to film companies, arts and culture nonprofits to programmers.

Membership packages at The Shop come in four tiers, starting at $375 a month for flexible workspace, according to the news release. The other membership tiers include:
•$550 a month for a single private office;
•$1,100 a month for a double office;
•$1,950 for a four-to-six person office; and
•$5,500 a month for an office that fits eight people or more.

Tenants will be able to move in starting in September.

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