There have been many times over the years Alyssa can remember going to the hygge team and asking for something a little wild, and almost always the answer is, “Sure, we’ll figure it out.” And this happened again as the Digi-Bridge team, alongside Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte and She Built This City, continued to look for a space which would work for all of them.
In spring 2019 hygge coworking opened its fourth location in Charlotte on Jay Street near Lucky Dog Bark and Brew and right down the road from Enderly Coffee Co. The old warehouse was upfitted to house dozens of offices, an open space and a public-facing coffee shop run by Not Just Coffee. In the very back of the space, though, was a large unoccupied area with it’s own garage door access.
With funding from Lowe’s to pay for a large warehouse space that could house all the equipment needed by the different nonprofits with space to spare for programming, the three nonprofits approached hygge coworking about using the back area of hygge jay street for exactly that.
“There’s not a lot of parameters and when you’re building and growing and trying things out you need people in your corner that are just “yes” people, and that’s exactly what hygge is,” Alyssa says. “Which I’m sure is not easy because sometimes they don’t know what exactly they’re saying yes to, but it’s kind of like “yes” and then ask questions later, which is very helpful.”
In November 2020, despite the struggles of the year, the three nonprofits held their official ribbon cutting ceremony for Innovation Alley, a collaborative space to host workshops, classes and more that further each of the nonprofit’s individual missions.
“Moving to Jay Street and opening at Innovation Alley in 2020 has been pivotal,” Alyssa says. “We truly wouldn’t be able to run programming in the pandemic without it because we needed space to make all our kits, we needed a safe location for volunteers and everyone to gather, for kids to gather. It has been just so crucial for us and so nice that it’s not just an empty warehouse with no air conditioning. It really is part of the model here and we have had great conversations with people walking by. It’s just something for us to be really proud of. It breathed a lot of life into the organization.”
We are so proud to have Digi-Bridge, Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte and She Built This City calling our walls their home. They are three incredible organizations working to solve very serious problems in our city and beyond.
Each of these organizations needs donations and volunteers to keep doing what they do. If you are able to give in some way, please reach out to them to do so.
Click here for Digi-Bridge.
Click here for Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte.
Click here for She Built This City.