A coworking space that prioritizes self-care called AfroSpace recently opened in east Charlotte.
The new space, which opened in late August, was created for everyone and inspired by Black women.
- Pena says the space was designed partly to provide a nurturing support system, which she’s experienced with Black women over the years, for local entrepreneurs with a focus on mental health.
- “It’s important for our community to have a place to meet, network and support each other’s local businesses. It can be powerful enough to help us build successful businesses,” Pena said.
Details: The nearly 2,000-square-foot space has multiple workstations, plus areas to relax.
- An area called the Maker’s Lab is a dedicated shared space offering wellness product makers an area to hand-make and store their wellness goods.
- The Time-Out Room is a private room decorated with local artwork. It can be used to take a meeting or take a nap.
- There’s a DIY wash station for members to maintain their natural hair, plus a few flex spaces.
“Building a place that has nurturing components where people can show up and also take care of each other will highlight the importance of self-care. Through self-maintenance, I’m hoping people can find rest, organization, focus and community,” Pena said.
Cost: Flexible membership rates are $24 per week and $96 monthly. Both options allow you to bring one guest.
- Prices include access to the Maker’s Lab, The Time Out Room, wifi, refreshments, resources and courses.
- Members also have access to exclusive events at AfroSpace, including brunch, hand-making activities with a local business owner and physical activities like yoga classes.
Bonus: The Self-Care Studio, an add-on to the membership feature, is a private suite where licensed wellness professionals can book services.
- It was created as an affordable option (instead of requiring business owners to commit to a long-term lease) for individuals to only pay for a space on a client-by-client basis.
- “This private suite, with a separate entrance, for beauty and wellness professionals is a financially efficient option for those needing a professional space to work from without investing in a full lease,” Pena added.
Hours: AfroSpace is open Monday through Saturday from 7am-7pm at 3124 Milton Road Suite 309, on the second floor, next to DTLR.