One of the things I love about Gather, and a part of what attracted me to the space in the first place, is the enclosed patio in the back. When I first saw the space though, the garden was totally covered over in weeds. My friends and family spent many weekends helping me clear it out and planting new plants, and my husband built the three picnic tables that span the space. Here are some photos that my friends Brett & Jessica took at a potluck I hosted in July full of local makers, Gather coworkers, friends and creative entrepreneurs:
One of my favorite things in the world is enjoying a home cooked meal with friends and this space is a natural extension of that. Ultimately, I would like to create a community garden in the space, build up the garden beds and host more dinners, parties and events there.
I can’t wait for the weather to warm up again so I can start hosting more outside events in the space. I’m not a huge fan of traditional networking events, but something happens when a meal is shared: people loosen up, and laugh and learn more about each other, then naturally organic business connections (and friendships) are made.
I think many creative entrepreneurs (myself included) are shy, homebodies, who don’t love the traditional suit and tie style of networking, but real life, in person connections are very important to a thriving business. I created Gather with this premise, a space where creative entrepreneurs could work, hang out, and become better business owners, that is organic and warm, comfortable and caters to their niche business needs.