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The Works Kiosk

Camp out all day with your lappie without dodging daggers from the staff.
By Jasmine Crittenden
August 14, 2016
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The Works Kiosk

Camp out all day with your lappie without dodging daggers from the staff.
By Jasmine Crittenden
August 14, 2016
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Freelancers, come in from the cold. If you're tired of dodging daggers from café owners, ferreting around for power points and battling snail-paced Wi-Fi, then get yourself to Glebe. The Works is a new three-level co-working space — and its bottom floor is a cafe dedicated to drop-in freelancers.

Co-owned by Young Entrepreneur of the Year Kris Spann and The Courthouse Hotel owner David Milton, The Works Kiosk is the stuff of freelancers' dreams. We're talking super-speedy internet, power points and USB chargers at every table, a meeting room and — wait for it — a private, soundproof booth, where you can Skype without annoying everyone within earshot.

"We created the kiosk specifically for freelancers, entrepreneurs and creatives who aren't comfortable in cafes and don't necessarily want to go to libraries," Kris Spann says. "We wanted to provide them with a safe space, where they could work without worrying, as well as meet and network."

There's seating for 27 people, arranged for solos, as well as small groups. And to keep you fuelled up while you're brainstorming, discussing, planning or writing, they have the most important things on-hand: coffee and snacks. Allpress Espresso is served all day, as is a simple food menu of smoothie bowls, quiches and pastizzis.

If you're familiar with the space at 62 Glebe Point Road, you'll know that antiques and oddities shop Halchemy Design is also on the ground floor. It's separated from the Kiosk by an acoustically-treated wall. On the second level is a light-filled, 150-capacity event space, available for talks, launches, exhibitions, screenings and so on. "There's not really a similar venue in Glebe," Kris says. "So, we think it fills a hole."

Meanwhile, the third floor is taken up by a co-working space, filled with permanent creative tenants, including MusicNSW, Musicland, Over the Moo, The Fifth Estate, Sendle and Swaz Creative. There's also a bunch of hot desks, which, pending interest, will be available come spring.

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