Ah, co-working. The dream of the future. Untethered from the 9-to-5 grind, itinerant laptop jockeys, aspiring start-up founders and gig workers share space, swap ideas, network and guzzle fuel from barista-level coffee makers and endlessly flowing taps of kombucha. But then sharing space, of any kind, became problematic and, just like normal old boring offices, shiny co-working spaces were caught in pandemic lockdown. 

But like a phoenix rising from the ashes, a new co-working club—The Shop Workspace—opened its doors last April, with an eye for local art and Utah-inspired design.

“The Shop Workspace is coming at a perfect time for Salt Lake City as it collectively reevaluates what going back to work can and should mean,” says Giv Development’s executive director Chris Parker. Giv Development and New Orleans-based partner Domain Companies are behind the project, located near the Salt Lake Library and inside the Mya, a mixed-income residential development. The Shop is a bright and airy three-floor setup with more than 30,000 square feet of furnished co-working space, including private offices, event space, a full kitchen, a roof-top deck overlooking the mountains, multiple meeting rooms and, of course, a bar. The showpiece is the main entry stairway lined with intricate wooden panels inspired by railroad trellises as a nod to Utah’s place in the history of the transcontinental railroad.

The Shop Workspace
“We wanted our members to feel a connection to Utah,” says Anne Olsen, The Shop’s Community Manager.

  350 E. 400 South, SLC, 801-980-2660, shopworkspace.com

Our sister publication, Salt Lake Magazine, shot their November cover story at The Shop Workspace. You can find it here.
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Jeremy Pugh
Jeremy Pugh is Salt Lake magazine's Editor. He covers culture, history, the outdoors and whatever needs a look. Jeremy is also the author of the book "100 Things to Do in Salt Lake City Before You Die" and the co-author of the history, culture and urban legend guidebook "Secret Salt Lake."