Feb 26, 2016 - News

Big news in the coworking industry: Hygge has taken over 809

Hygge coworking has taken over its next-door neighbor — the @809 coworking space.

That’s pronounced “hoo-guh.” Both are at 809 West Hill Street right behind Bank of America Stadium in Third Ward. Hygge is led by Garrett Tichy and Kayla Duggar, who also run Ready at 7 marketing.

[Agenda story: Introducing Hygge: More than just a coworking space]

The acquisition brings the Hygge square footage from 3,500 to 9,000 and brings the number of private offices from three to 17. It will also allow Hygge to bring on new members (they had tapped out of space in the existing location).

The 809 space will be rearranged with new types of furniture and an emphasis on creating “nooks” for people to work. Hygge has also put $4,600 in strengthening the Wi-Fi and $3,300 on a sophisticated lock/entry system.


Contractors literally cut a passage between the two spaces to connect them.

Photo by All-In to Fight Cancer via Facebook

Hygge might end up putting some lockers in this little space that members can rent to store things like laptop, etc. when they go out for a bit. Great idea. While coworking, I usually stuck stuff in the trunk of my car.

They’re taking over from Seismic Partners. The 809 name will be going away, and the yellow-tinged decor of Hygge will be part of the new space.

From Mark Bruinooge, cofounder of Seismic and of 809 and an all-around great guy: “We wanted to narrow the everyday distance between various ‘tribes’ in Charlotte – philanthropists, technologists, artists, lawyers, marketers, writers, leaders, etc. …


Photo by All-In to Fight Cancer via Facebook

“My goal was never to be involved long-term in the co-working scene or business model. I met with others in Charlotte and outside the city about handing over the 809 concept because I am not the person to take it to the next level. Garrett and Kayla are well positioned to advance 809’s work and support the community that we’ve built.”

What’s next?

Hygge is in talks to take over a 3,000-ish square foot portion of Recommunity, the recycling company in the same building. There’s already a door connecting the two spaces.


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