John Garcia and Shawn “Doc” Boyd are changing their tune. When the two launched The Greenhouse last November, it was touted as a “co-working space” where folks could come and make themselves comfortable with their laptops and get some work done.
“It’s more than a place to sit down and work,” says Boyd. “It’s more of a creative hub. We want everyone who comes here to know everyone else. We’re trying to create a community in an inviting space for people of different talents to collaborate and create.”
And the sign on the door says it all: Please Introduce Yourself.
“We don’t have nooks and crannies where you can hide,” adds Garcia. “It’s an open space where people find out what others are working on.”
The Greenhouse offers a handful of options for hub users. One may opt to be a “drop-in” and use the workspace (with Wi-Fi and printer/scanner access) for $10 an hour. On the other end of the user spectrum is a full-time member with unlimited access Monday through Saturday while the hub is open. The cost for a full-time worker membership is $300 a month. There are also different prices for Community Members, Virtual Members, Part-Time Workers and After Hours usage.
Garcia says the hub currently has 25 to 30 full-time members.
The Greenhouse also hosts special events, including Law Talk, Improv/Comedy nights and a weekly “Cereal Monday” presented by Meadow Gold Hawaii.
According to The Greenhouse website, Cereal Monday is a time for serial entrepreneurs, business owners and independents to meet-up, talk story and get the week started over a favorite bowl of cereal.
According to Boyd, “We saw other spaces on the mainland doing something similar. What better way to start your week over a big bowl of high-fructose Apple Jacks. It brings you back to childhood when we were most creative.”
For more information on The Greenhouse Innovation Hub, go to www.higreenhouse.com
Photo: Stacy Yuen Hernandez