“Mention this article and receive a free day-pass.”
— Jennifer Stearns, The GRID Community Manager
Johnson County’s first collaborative workspace – The GRID – will amaze you. Promise. It is tucked into a retail strip at 12022 Blue Valley Parkway in Overland Park. When you drive up, bold GRID signage states that you have arrived. Potted palms along the walk signal that you’re entering a different style of space. Open the door and be prepared to be wowed!
The GRID is classy, casual and comfortable. It’s warm, welcoming and winsome. The curved, brushed aluminum desk is softened immediately by the gracious greeting from The GRID’s community coordinator, Vanessa Louangboribourne. “May I take you on a tour?” Louangboribourne asks.
To my right is a coffee bar. All around, is an array of sensory stimulators. Do I smell waffles? “Yes,” said Louangboribourne. “Last night we hosted our first community event for members —-“Whisky and Waffles.” At once, I feel jazzed and calmed, motivated and able to focus. This work center exudes professionalism.
“We love the way it turned out,” said owner and developer Danny Needham. Needham is an entrepreneur who grew up in Texas and then played football on scholarship at Kansas State. Eleven years ago he opened Solera Salon and Spa, luxury rental suites for hair and spa professionals in Overland Park. Needham has been studying co-working environments for years, visiting them in cities across the country. “We started construction on The GRID after fully understanding what this market lacked in work space.”
“The 1990s style of renting an office, sharing a receptionist, and pitching in for payment of faxes and copies is antiquated and stale,” said Needham. “Today, self-motivated and self-directed entrepreneurs want a cool space of their own. They want a place where they can relax, focus and really get the job done.”
“We offer open areas, comfy couches and seating, and some rooms behind glass walls,” said Jennifer Stearns, The GRID Community Manager. “The concept is co-working with options to meet your budget. This allows your company to grow and shrink with few lease obligations.”
Start small with a membership for as little as $200 a month. Reserve a desk for $400, which includes lockable storage and the use of six conference rooms, a quiet area, open space and the mezzanine. Private offices are available 24/7 with keypad entry. They start at $800 a month and come with access to 10 conference rooms. “We also offer a $25 day-rate, which is convenient for parents who work from home,” said Stearns. “Mention this article and receive a free day-pass.”
In the business center, you can copy, scan, print and shred. In the kitchenette, refrigerate your lunch, warm it in the microwave or grab a cup of coffee. The attached commercial kitchen boasts a six-burner stove, grill, and standard and convection ovens. It is available to caterers at $50 per hour.
The GRID is a great spot for corporate and social events, management trainings, weddings and baby showers. The 2400 sq. ft. of event space can be divided into three sections by lowering tall glass garage doors. Nearby, stadium seating is available for presentations and watch parties.
“People want to feel part of a community. They want to build relationships, and when building those relationships, perhaps a work connection may happen as well,” said Needham.