Sun, surf and sand aren't the only things the beach has to offer. If you're Courtney Norris, founder of new Newstead co-working hub The Cove, it might also inspire a new business idea. Running past the Sunshine Coast's Little Cove while training for a half-marathon, the word and its meaning stuck in her head. As did the drive to create a hub for Brisbane entrepreneurs and small businesses.
The Cove's seaside inspiration doesn't mean working in beach-like surroundings (sorry), but members will find a relaxed space designed to foster collaboration and creativity. And while that might all sound like a standard co-work space spiel — it comes with the usual inclusions like collective and dedicated desks, offices, break-out areas and a communal kitchen — it also has a few ace additions sparked by Norris's time touring similar sites in Europe and Asia.
As well as an event space hosting cocktail functions and masterclasses, The Cove boasts its own curated mentoring program, holds wellness sessions, offers a business concierge and provides access to an electric BMW i3 vehicle. Since opening its doors in September, it has formed partnerships with Institute of Modern Art and The Design Conference, held rooftop public exercise classes at Eleven Rooftop Bar and started planning an entrepreneurship retreat for this coming September/October.
Norris says the aim is "to create a work environment that is welcoming, warm and modern — taking inspiration from a well-executed boutique hotel or private members club, where every detail has been thought through from the best in high-end finishes, custom-designed furniture, high speed wifi throughout, custom lighting and excellent customer service."
The Cove also features a coastal-inspired aesthetic, created by Norris and Brisbane's Collectivus interior team with assistance from local and national designers.
Membership options include premium office suites, collaborative desks for teams and dedicated desks in an open-plan environment.