To our fellow co-workers:
CoworkBuffalo will be going out of business on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. After that day, our space will not be available to customers, existing or new. We will spend the month of November emptying the space, cleaning up, and tying up all the loose ends of more than six years in business. We have answered some questions you might have about what that means for you a little further below.
We would be sad if this happened for any reason other than our need to move onto other projects and phases of our lives. Some of us already have. Our lease on our Main Street space is up at the end of November, and we can’t commit to providing people with the kind of space and community we want to give them for another year or more.
CoworkBuffalo has always been a part-time, off-hours project for the co-founders. We started a coworking space in 2012 because we wanted Buffalo to have one, as its tech scene was growing and more workers could do a wider variety of jobs while living in this city. We take pride in having paid the bills for this long, while causing all kinds of people to meet and work and plan things together.
We will miss seeing people help each other out when it was not their job to do so. We will miss the inside jokes, the people finding us from all over the country and world, the feeling of contributing in our small way to a still-growing part of downtown. And we will dearly miss having a default excuse to get lunch from Sue’s Deli.
Thank you to the roughly 300 people who came through our doors at one time or another, not including meet-ups and 30-hour VJ world record attempts. Thank you to the 107 Kickstarter backers who helped us move into this place. Thank you to everyone who hosted a meeting here, referred a friend, or said something nice about us, in-person or on social media. We hope we can answer any questions you have on this page.
~ The CoworkBuffalo partners (Kevin Purdy, Nick Quaranto, Kevin Christner, Mike Macaluso, Dan Magnuszewski)
When is the last day I can work at CoworkBuffalo?
Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. After that, we’ll be shutting off services and selling or donating nearly everything in the space. It will probably be noisy, too. And we need some time to focus on our huge list of to-dos without bothering people.
What happens to my membership? What if I am due to get billed mid-October?
We will not charge any monthly members after Sept. 30. We bill for the month ahead, and we don’t want anyone paying for a space they can’t use. If you would normally be billed in mid-October, and want to work at the space after that day, you can buy day passes as a member at a heavy discount ($7.50 per day) to finish out the last month with us. If you do somehow get billed in October, or have any other questions about your account, please let us know.
I have a 10-pack with some days left on it. What can I do with it?
Generally, we’d suggest you use it as soon as you can! Most of the 10-packs we sold over the years technically expired after 3 months, and later 6 months―eventually, we stopped making them expire, and we were always pretty forgiving. Until Nov. 2, 2018, you can use any 10-packs “punches” you have left, whenever you bought them. After Nov. 2, we can’t offer you any more coworking, and all 10-packs will expire.
What about mail and packages I’m having sent to Cowork?
You will have to change your address for those items before Nov. 2, 2018. We cannot guarantee that we will be at the space when packages and mail arrive after that date, though we will do our best to catch the mail and notify members of package slips. Now is a good time to review the mail you get at CoworkBuffalo and contact the senders to change your address―the earlier the better. You should also remove Cowork’s address from any sites you buy from (Amazon, in particular) so you don’t accidentally have one sent here. We will try to have Cowork’s mail forwarded somewhere the founders can access it, but obviously it will be much slower getting your mail and packages notices to you.
I have a few things at CoworkBuffalo. When do I need to have them out of there?
We’d ask you to have your items removed from Cowork by the last day of working, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Otherwise, you’ll have to contact us and arrange a time to pick up your stuff.
Are there other coworking spaces I can work in Buffalo?
- There is dig in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus’ Innovation Center, 640 Ellicott St., Buffalo. We recommend you contact them ahead of showing up to ensure there is space for a day visit or new membership.
- Buffalo Game Space in the Tri-Main Building offers coworking as a benefit to its Silver and Gold memberships.
- Inception Buffalo is at 1016 Niagara Falls Blvd. in Tonawanda that looks to have a similar open style and amenities to CoworkBuffalo.
- The Loft is right by the airport and offers 3-day trial purchases for new members.
- The Annex on West Ferry near Grant St. offers office and kitchen space specifically for growing food-based businesses.
- The Guild @ 980 at 980 Northampton St. rents space to solo and small businesses, particularly those with a trade, craft, or creative angle.
- Please let us know if we missed one.
Why couldn’t you keep the business going? Or sell it? Or move it somewhere cheaper?
We briefly discussed selling CoworkBuffalo with a few interested parties. Ultimately, though, this was a business that was run by a group of people, those people no longer can run that business the right way, and we don’t want to sell the name, find another home, or run a diminished version of our business under the same or different name.
Are you selling any of the furniture, electronics, or other items from Cowork?
We plan to sell as much of our stuff as possible to a few businesses, or ideally a coworking-style space. We may post individual items for sale soon; we will follow up if so. Sorry, we can’t sell the standing desks. You can email us if you have a particular item in mind.
Will there be a gathering of some kind to properly say goodbye to this long, strange trip?
We think so, yes. Stay tuned.
What are the founders doing after CoworkBuffalo closes?
Generally, the full-time jobs that they’ve always had while running CoworkBuffalo, along with tending to their families, hobbies, side projects, and the like. A lot has changed in the six-plus years of CoworkBuffalo, and our lives are not less busy.
What is happening to the space after CoworkBuffalo moves out?
We don’t know, but we hope to see more businesses make use of Main Street, specifically our part of it. You can contact Plaza Group with inquiries about renting the space.
What about Desktime, the software you use to book the space? Don’t you run that? What will happen to that?
Desktime (also known as Mx. Desk) will continue to be available to shared working spaces everywhere. Nick Quaranto now owns and maintains Desktime/Mx. Desk solely. Desktime is good at running coworking spaces, and it’s slowly getting better with Nick’s stewardship.
What’s the best thing to get at Sue’s Deli?
- Kevin P - Avocado Wrap with Hungarian Mushroom soup.
- Nick Q - Half + Half Salad, Tuna Salad / Feta + Spinach.
- Kevin C - Chicken Souvlaki Wrap
- Mike M - Chicken Veggie Wrap
- Dan M - Falafel Roll-Up
I have more questions!
Sure, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do our best. Thank you for being with us as we built a small but useful thing in Buffalo.