MOVE Coworking Aims to Offer Non-Traditional Workers Healthy, Active Workspace

Ryan Meo and Patrick Hitches will open a coworking space in the Brighton District of Cincinnati’s West End neighborhood later this month. The two are taking a different approach and hoping MOVE Coworking will fare better than its predecessors.

Hitches and Meo describe the concept as an “active collaborative environment” that mixes the traditional shared working space with a fitness training facility. It will be the first of its kind in the region and stands in contrast to the three shuttered coworking spaces – Cincy Coworks, Working Side by Side and The Offices – that came before it.

“We believe living an active, healthy lifestyle helps to spark innovation, creativity and productivity,” Hitches explained. “We know from experience that the integration of hard work and play creates an element of true productivity, creativity and innovation in whatever your work or business may be.”

The business partners say that they believe part of the problem with other coworking spaces is that they essentially recreate a quiet office environment that many independent workers are looking to escape – something new pay-per-minute cafes are also trying to combat. To that end, they say that MOVE Coworking will include communal tables, stand-up desks, hanging hammocks, lounge areas and eventually treadmill desks.

Meo and Hitches come from different non-traditional work backgrounds that they believe will contribute to the success of their new business venture. Hitches has worked as a fitness entrepreneur, splitting time between Washington D.C. and Cincinnati, and Meo has spent his professional career doing web development outsourcing. They also say that, in addition to their non-traditional work backgrounds, they were motivated to make this investment due to all of the positive changes taking place in the city.

“There’s no denying the momentum and excitement of the changing neighborhoods all across downtown Cincinnati,” Hitches said. “I look around at all the architecture that has for so long been underutilized and really can’t believe we’ve waited this long to utilize these unique buildings. To me this is a huge opportunity to snag up one of these spaces to create a vision while cultivating a community of people who are also passionate about the positive changes to the city.”

The two are particularly excited about the historic warehouse building they will be located in, and Hitches, who lives car-free, says that as an avid cyclist he is also thrilled about the new Central Parkway Cycle Track out front.

MOVE Coworking will take up 5,000 square feet of space in the basement of the historic Mohawk Building. In order to get the space into the proper condition and fully outfitted, they say that they have invested somewhere around $100,000.

Those looking to use the coworking space or fitness component will have several options. Hitches says that every coworking package will include a membership to the gym space, but that people can also purchase fitness memberships independent of the coworking space. He also says that a yoga space will be added later this fall, and be inclusive in specific membership packages, while also being sold separately for those who just wish to access the yoga studio.

It will cost $20 for drop-in use of the coworking space, or $199 per month for a three days per week package and $270 per month for full-time 24-hour access. As of now, rates start at $70 per month for those who just wish to get a fitness membership.

“Instinctively I always wanted a place where I could go part-time to do some focused online work outside the gym or coffee shops where I would set up my laptop,” Hitches told UrbanCincy. “I now have a place in D.C. where I can utilize space that allows me to have a network of people outside the fitness professionals who I’m around daily in the training studio.”

With that in mind, Hitches and Meo are now hoping they can attract local entrepreneurs, solopreneurs and young professionals that are in search of an alternative workspace, where they can also surround themselves with other health-minded individuals.

MOVE Coworking will start giving private tours to potential members this week, and will have an official launch party on Wednesday, August 20.

  • Neil Clingerman

    My job allows me some flexibility in where I work, and sometimes to save money on bus tickets/airfare I’ve worked at coworking spaces to save on vacation time and save on money. The best one I’ve encountered is a place in LA called Opodz, and what I appreciated with them is how they introduced themselves very clearly even to drop in workers, fostering an enviornment where everyone could just sit down and talk to each other. I wound up meeting a few other people in my field including a worker from Google. I completely understand what these guys meant when they said they wanted to create something better than a typical quiet office environment.

    I hope there is some success with these guys, and with family in Cincy, I’ll probably drop on by sometime. Best of luck to you guys!

    • Randy this is the exact type of environment and community we aspire to be! We think part of the responsibility of having a coworking space is creating a strong community and connecting people with people that can help make their business, healthy, or life in general better.

      Thanks for the encouraging words, we would love for you to stop by when you’re in town!

  • Brad McLaughlin

    The crucial thing is do they have on street parking 24 hours a day right by the building so I do not have to cross a street or anything? end_snark

    • Brad, we do have 24 hour free street parking right by the building. Were also right off the bicycle path with indoor bicycle storage if you decide on a more active way to get here.

  • Amy B

    Just my opinion, but this seems like horrible idea. I am an entrepreneur and I work from my home. I have internet access and a gym membership that cost about $60/month combined. A couple times a week I will go to the local book store or Starbucks to do my work and socialize with other like minded entrepreneurs. There are multiple entrepreneural work groups in the area where we can all get togther to network and discuss business that cost very little or are free! I just don’t see the need for this at all, escpecially at these prices. It costs nothing to show up to a book store, starbucks, or any other coffee shop to do business and network. OK maybe $10 for a drink and snack. I hope people really think about the money they can save and reinvest in thier business before they jump on a “status” ride.

    • It depends on your individual needs. If I were a freelancer, I wouldn’t want to wear out my welcome in local coffee shops. And if you need to plug a monitor in to your laptop, have meetings, or have some dedicated desk space, a coffee shop doesn’t really work for you. I also start to feel very disconnected if I work at home for too many days in a row without seeing coworkers in person. And $270/month for unlimited access is significantly cheaper than any sort of small office space you could rent.

    • Amy B

      This is where you have to plan out your week ahead of time. If you nkow you have meetings or might need your monitor, you plan to stay at home that day. If it is just a catch up day and just email and maintain accounts then you can hit up a book store and coffee shop. For the last 5 years I have ran 3 online businesses without paying for office space. I have never overstayed my welcome at a book store or coffee shop. If you just there to use the space, then maybe, but if you purchase products from them, they welcome you there. Like I said before this is just my opinion and others can do as they please. There are many ways to socialize, network and do your business without pay anywhere near $270/month

    • rick

      $270/month seems more than reasonable. when i think of how much time i would spend going to and from my home/coffee shop/bookstore/whatever and the gym it becomes a steal. I guess the cost and what we each value our time at are relative. and i admire amy planning out her day, but sometimes we have to modify plans to be successful.

    • Amy B

      Not much time would be spent traveling between home and anyplace to do work and socialize. If you google starbucks, any big bookseller such a barbes and noble, panera, or small coffee shops I bet there are 5-10 places with a 10-15 min bike ride or 3-5 min car ride from most people in Cincy. I have 5 places within 5 min from me, another 5 10mins away. In business there is no way to fully predict what will happen and what you might need that comes up out of know where. I’ve been there multiple times! Quick drive/ride home and its all fixed.The place might be worth the $20/day to stop by ever so often to meet new people and get some work in but in my eyes $270/month is way to high. Also, this place is attached to a gym. What happens when you need to call a client or really need to concentrate and there is music blaring and people working out all around you? Give it a try and see how it works. I am interested in what people think of it once they have tried it and see if its worth that kind of money. One or two trips will probably be great in the beginning, but I think the glamor of office space attached to a gym will fade quick. Again, just my opinion but this seems like a “status” thing to me

    • Adam M. Singhoff

      Amy, completely understand where you’re coming from because you are doing what works for you. Other people might not have that same mentality though. Prior to MOVE opening, the gym was not a public gym that anyone could join. Quality over quantity was the mentality. It’s not like you will have a Zumba class going on five feet from your workspace. As far as your concern that MOVE will be a status thing, I can assure you that it isn’t the case. Knowing Pat well, I can tell you that the last thing the man cares about is status. He cares about the things that he is passionate about. Two of those things happen to be his business and personal health/well-being, so I know that he wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t done right. You should pop in once in a while. Hopefully Pat will be there, and I believe one conversation with the man could change your thinking.

    • Amy B

      So you think it will work for others because you know the owner personally? I have been by since my orginal post and took a “Tour”. Was not inpressed by any means. Its hard to gauge what the noise will be when them gym is completely empty. Not one person was in there. Seen the name of the gym on the wall so I decided to do a little research. Facebook turns up a group of lifters that train there. I will not go into the details and my opinion on that but others should also research who is there and what the atmosphere will be when people are training. Also there might not be Zumba going on, but all the training is right next to all the work space and there is no way to block that out from the workspace.