Put simply, it is a group of people from different jobs, companies, and backgrounds, all coming together in a space to work together. But there is so much more.
Check out our “What is Coworking” page for more information on what you can get out of coworking. You can also follow us on social media (links above!) for frequent articles and information about coworking!
Everyone! Seriously … it is a fabulously random mixed bag of professionals! We have small business owners, remote workers for international tech companies, real estate agents, marketing professionals, photographers, traveling salespeople, recruiters, lawyers, writers, cybersecurity experts, virtual assistants, trainers, and even more! Most of our members have kids, so they understand tag team parenting and seeking work/life balance. They are highly diverse but share a need to beat the isolation of working from home, connect with others, and continue to grow professionally and personally.
If you’re interested in learning more about our members, take a look at the website to see what they have said about LOOM! Or you can check out some of our member spotlights on our blog!
You can also learn about our community managers who are dedicated to helping the community thrive.
We aim to make LOOM a welcoming, inspiring and friendly community. We value openness, curiosity and collaboration; the key factors that drive success. Our hope is you will naturally make friends, meet people, collaborate, and bring your positive energy and ideas to LOOM creating an innovative and exciting environment. Folks are super helpful and jump in with resources and referrals, both personal and professional. We also have multiple company teams!
Our members are also very involved in local churches, charities, causes and social groups. For those reasons, many of our programs are focused on work/life balance, health and wellness, and other topics helpful to them and their families. While they want to enjoy their work and be professionally fulfilled, they prioritize family and use coworking as a way to be productive and to create a beginning and end of the work day.
LOOM is a community made up of people of varying and ever-changing needs. We encourage members to take ownership, becoming invested in the success and enjoyment of the community and its members. Members feel free to move around furniture, suggest events, critique processes, and personalize the space. We love refrigerator magnets, desk personalization, show and tell, and members as guest DJs!
For sure! Give us a call, email or virtually inquire to come by for coffee, a chat and meet some really great people. Bring your laptop because your first day of productivity is always free. We want you to really try it on for size, kick the tires, and all those other clichés!
If you aren’t able to stop by for a tour, we can always do a video tour of our space! Let us know the best way for you to learn more about us and we will work with you!
As of June 2020, we have made policy changes regarding guests in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read more about those changes here.
There are multiple ways to be involved at LOOM. There are full time memberships for those who need dedicated desks as well as for those who prefer to mix things up. This option is great for people who want access to the space and might pop in and out throughout the day. Part-time plans (8 and 12 days a month) for those who travel a lot, have varying schedules, or who only work part-time. Whatever the type, member benefits and amenities are basically the same. The only thing that varies is how often you are here!
Have a different kind of need? We have options for everyone!
Day passes – for those who only occasionally need to use the coworking space
At LOOM, you have great flexibility and don’t have to make a commitment or tell the future. All coworking memberships are month to month and you can change your membership type (upgrading or downgrading) as your needs change. You can also buy a pack of day passes to use until you get a feel for how frequently you would be around! Special perk …. if you are occasionally in Charlotte or Concord, we are aligned with other coworking communities that will offer you half price day passes!
Hot desk members can work anywhere within our 6,000 sq ft of space except a dedicated desk that has already been assigned. There are multiple types of work environments including high-top tables, training tables, lounge furniture, tables and desks with ergonomic seating, our training/war room, casual workshop and many other amenities. All of our work environments feature high end, contemporary, ergonomic furinishings supplied by Herman Miller dealership Alfred Williams. We encourage everyone to work in different places throughout the day and sit by different people each day!
As of June 2020, procedures have changed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All members are now using assigned desks to ensure no cross-contamination occurs. Please look at our COVID-19 procedures for more information.
The dedicated desks we have are meant just for that. As a dedicated desk member, you can bring anything you need to be comfy and productive and not have to schlepp it back and forth. There is also locked storage available for rent for full-time members on a first-come, first-serve basis and a lot of extra monitors scattered throughout for free use by any member.
Not at all! LOOM is not a library. Members should feel comfortable taking the calls they need to get the work done! You can feel free to have voice/phone conversations in the space at a reasonable level just like in a regular office. We just make sure phones are on vibrate and we use headsets. Our adjacent Studio building is great if you are a pacer or just need more room.
Full and part-time members may reserve conference rooms in advance by reserving the times they need online through our member management system. This way, you can be anywhere with a client, check availability, and book a room for a future date. 2 hours per day are included with membership! We have three 6-top meeting rooms (one which is a podcast studio), a 2 seat consultation/interview room, and a phone room which serves as a private web call room as well! Need a bigger space? There are multiple large meeting and training spaces for which members are given a significant discount to rent.
As of June 2020, some procedures have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes the number of people allowed in a meeting space. Please read through our COVID-19 procedures for more information.
We intentionally do not. Our goal is to bring people together and an open collaborative environment is the best way to do that. Unless your work is highly confidential and consists of continuous client meetings throughout your day, we have found that most people thrive in a more open floor plan and having multiple private spaces available at their disposal more than meets their needs. We also have several outdoor seating areas that are popular for use when taking private calls.
Certainly! There are multiple places at LOOM that are a little more tucked away than others. We also have five private meeting rooms that are readily availible that you are welcome to reserve. If you need to focus, want to work in the open areas but don’t want to be interrupted, we have balls of yarn that you place on your desk to signal to others you wish to be left alone (“don’t mess with me, I’m on a roll … unless the building is on fire!”). Check out our floor plans to see how easy it is to find a place to hunker down!
If there is a pressing or unexpected need for a short term use of a speakerphone or an impromptu brainstorm and one of the meeting rooms are available, members can jump in and use it any time. We also have multiple spaces in the adjacent flexible Studio building for private group work sessions.
It’s awesome! Our corporate partner Comporium provides us with fantastic high-speed internet. The space has two methods of Wi-Fi access, one for members and one for guests. There is a firewall, auto restart and alerts to on-call tech support. Our main building was actually the first commercial facility in downtown Fort Mill to have the 1G Zipstream Fiber! Woop Woop!
We have everything you could ever need! LOOM has a network printer/scanner/copier that is free for your essential use. We have plentiful office supplies, large presentation screens, cameras and conferencing mics and the technology you need to get your work done. We also have extra moniters and keyboards, lap desks, rolling marker boards and desk risers to supplement our many varied and ergonomic workspace options…. even a shower!
Member access is from 7:00am-7pm Mon-Fri and 9:00am-3:00pm on Saturdays in the main building and 5am-midnight in the Studio building. Building access is supplied through a phone app so you don’t have to carry a key or key fob and no one has to let you in. The building is super secure, well-lit and right across the street from the police station.
Absolutely not! If you are running out for a meeting, you are welcome to leave your things as they are. Staff is typically present 8am-5pm but if not, the building is secured and only accessible to members.
We love professional guests! Awesome, serendipitous opportunities happen that way! Members are welcome to have non-confidential one-on-one meetings with clients in the open lounge, Studio spaces, tabling areas or outside without reserving any sort of space. Alternatively, you can reserve one of the private meeting rooms. If a colleague, client or coworker needs to come work alongside you for the day, they can purchase a day pass and come work whenever they need to!
We believe in making yourself at home! LOOM has a kitchen area with a refrigerator and microwave that members can use and members frequently bring food in to share. Coffee and tea are free! LOOM is BYOCT … Bring Your Own Cup and Tumbler! We all have our favorite coffee mug and tumbler with your team logo, inspirational message or sarcastic comment. Bring yours, mark it with your name and claim it proudly. If you see someone with a solid generic cup, you know they are a newbie or a visitor and you will know to be super friendly! Dishes, glasses and all the needed kitchen ware is provided. Healthy snacks, sodas and other items are available for a quarter.
We encourage everyone to try to be around for some of our weekly and special events. Remember, it is much easier to collaborate and make referrals with people you are already comfortable with!
On Fridays we typically go out for group lunch at a local restaurant (this is a great day to come visit and get to know folks casually!) and we love it when members pair up throughout the week!
Lunch and Learns and other educational and networking events are typically in the middle of the week and the general business public is invited. We encourage members to suggest topics and even present!
About once a quarter there is a family game night or open house to allow families of members to get to know the community members.
We are committed to providing networking and community events that are brought to our members rather than them having to go find them!
We also encourage members to share their expertise through submitting blogs, which we distribute broadly, and through supporting them through their use of our event facilities.
Members and community managers communicate via the Slack app and are encouraged to reach out frequently to connect and share. Each week, coming events, new members, helpful tips, and other announcements are posted on Slack. Invitations to events are available on Facebook and MeetUp so that you can forward them to your other connections. Members are also encouraged to actively participate via social media networks by sharing articles and other helpful information and events by tagging LOOM.
Virtual members may receive mail and packages and use LOOM to improve their SEO. Also, remote members receive invitations to members-only events, have access to the online community and other discounts and perks.
LOOM part-time and full-time members are encouraged to shop local and take advantage of our members-only discounts offered from local restaurants, retailers, and service providers. This is an ever-evolving list, check the partners lists on our website for a complete run down!
Anyone can! Private, community, educational and corporate events are held after normal business hours in the Gallery building or any time in the Studio building. Full-time members get one free hour of event space rental per month to use as they wish and all coworking members receive discounts! The space has flexible furnishings for all types of events as well as all sorts of technology and equipment.
For groups like churches, civic organizations, teachers, etc. who hold events on a regular basis, we have a special partner plan that gives huge discounts and perks!
The Gallery@LOOM has rotating gallery exhibits in both the event and workspaces. These showcase national and internationally shown (but always local!) artists through solo and juried exhibitions. We host quarterly receptions and pop-up shows. Members are encouraged to be involved with the arts program by attending events, suggesting exhibits, assisting with curating or by submitting work for exhibit. Our adjacent Studio highlights up and coming artists and student work.