As a result of the profound business impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Charley Co., a Denver-based women’s-only network and workspace, today announced it is closing its doors permanently. The women’s coworking community was founded in July 2019 and occupied a 5,650-square-foot commercial space inside The Source.
“I am deeply disappointed to have to make this decision,” said Charley Co. founder Bryn Carter. “Business closures from COVID-19 have impacted coworking communities across the nation. As a new-to-market coworking community the profound business impact of COVID-19 has given me no other choice than to close the business.”
Carter’s vision for Charley Co. was clear from the start: to build a space where women could come to grow alongside each other in their professional and personal lives. She did this with a growing membership of women who worked out of Charley Co. and with large events hosted at the coworking facility. Many of the events were held for members and Charley Co. was becoming a popular venue for other organizations to rent out for their own events.
When businesses were closed due to the Stay-at-Home order in mid-March, Carter quickly adapted and brought the community online, which has thrived over the past couple of months. As members couldn’t access the physical space they paid for with their memberships, Carter downgraded membership costs to only $10 a month for access to the online community.
“The goal was to return to business-as-usual once Stay-at-Home orders were lifted,” Carter explained. “It is now clear that business-as-usual will not be happening in the foreseeable future and the continued business impact as a result of this is too much for Charley Co. to sustain. We simply don’t have the resources to open at this time and ensure the safety and health of our members and cannot handle the continued loss of revenue from membership and events.”
Although this may be the end of Charley Co., Carter says her mission to build community to support and help women in Denver flourish is far from over.
The space, owned by Zeppelin Development, is currently available to sublease, any interested parties should contact realtor Michelle Colvin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos courtesy of Charley Co.