HORIZON WEST — After years of working for Disney, Horizon West entrepreneurs Cynthia and John Dailey wanted to create a space where local workers could collaborate and interact, as well as buckle down on their current projects.
They have realized that dream in the form of 1,350-square-foot ScribbleSpace LLC in Summerport Village.
“We’ve talked about having a shared office space since we left Disney over 10 years ago,” Cynthia said. “There are tons of work-from-home professionals in our area who are working and meeting with clients out of their home office and noisy coffee shops. We want to get those people together to connect, create and collaborate.”
The name is a spin-off of the Daileys’ full-service creative agency, Scribblefish Media LLC, with the purpose of getting creative and business professionals together in a space free from the distractions they might encounter elsewhere. Features of this office space will include shared and individual work spaces for 22 people, a meeting room people can book to meet clients, Wi-Fi, coffee, document printing and scanning, a refrigerator, a microwave and a Windermere business mailing address: 13790 Bridgewater Crossings Blvd., No. 1080, near Lake Speer.
“It’s part office, part clubhouse for our professional members, and a place to have fun learning and socializing for the families in our community,” Cynthia said. “We want people to feel comfortable doing business here and to feel welcome as friends. We are looking forward to the adventure ahead as ScribbleSpace offers an array of opportunities for the local community in the Summerport Village and surrounding areas to connect, create and collaborate. We see this as more than providing office space: we’re helping to build and enrich the Horizon West community.”
The space will be gray and, of course, orange, as a nod to the citrus industry once abundant in the county. The look and feel are meant to attract locals of all sorts, from graphic designers and programmers to service-oriented independent contractors, such as public relations managers and technical writers.
“A lot of (the demand) has been Cynthia talking with neighbors and friends in the area, who like to work from home like her but who might like to work outside of the home,” said Bart Leahy, technical communications consultant. “There’s neighbors moving in and a lot of professionals in the area who might have need of this service.”
During weekends and evenings, ScribbleSpace will transform from an office space into a hub for classes, workshops and various events meant to enrich professionally and personally.
“We’re already hosting a computer-coding class for kids,” Leahy said. “We want to integrate it into the community as much as possible.”
The ScribbleSpace Open House will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22. There will be chair massages, wine and other refreshments, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony prior to sunset.
Membership costs range from $25 for a mail membership to $400 for a full-time dedicated desk membership.
IF YOU GO
ScribbleSpace Open House
WHEN: 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22
WHERE: 13790 Bridgewater Crossings Blvd., No. 1080, Windermere
CONTACT: Cynthia Dailey, co-owner, at (725) 222-1080 or [email protected].
Contact Zak Kerr at [email protected].