CoCo, the office-sharing collaborative, eyes new Uptown spot

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It's been more than three years since Don Ball launched CoCo, a company based on a somewhat unfamiliar concept: People will share office space.

Simple but true, the concept is now common.

CoCo's original location, in downtown St. Paul, opened in January 2010. A second location in the former Grain Exchange in downtown Minneapolis is nearly full, and Bell is looking to open a third on W. Lake Street in Uptown, according to the Pioneer Press.

Ball recalls to the St. Paul paper that he had to sell prospective customers on the notion of a communal workspace for small entrepreneurs that is more affordable than traditional office space, not to mention more social and collaborative for all concerned.

The paper says the Uptown location will open in mid-September "with a number of unique amenities, including a movie theater, a tap room, a pool room, and a big open space in the back for companies of every stripe to jointly engage in product prototyping and strategic planning."

Sounds great, but when will the working happen?

Actually, the notion of "coworking" has gained plenty of traction, and the PiPress notes that other spaces have opened in the Twin Cities and around the state.

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