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1 big thing: WeWork company opens downtown

A common area at the Common Desk facility. Photo: Courtesy of Jesse Cazares

A new coworking space has landed in downtown San Antonio.

Why it matters: Common Desk, a WeWork company, is placing a big bet on the desire for flexible office space in a city with fewer remote workers than other major cities.

Details: Common Desk's new digs at Travis Park Plaza boast nearly 20,000 square feet that include five conference rooms, two technology-equipped Zoom rooms built for video calls, 72 private offices and lots of shared working space.

  • It features a podcasting studio, a full kitchen and an espresso bar.

How it works: The space is for small to mid-sized businesses that want a more unique office experience for their employees, in addition to individual remote workers seeking a desk away from home, Common Desk's head of real estate Dawson Williams tells Axios.

Zoom in: Memberships start at $75 per month for students or $150 per month for a basic pass, which allows you to visit eight days per month.

A coffee bar with four stools and shelving.
A hospitality bar at Common Desk. Photo: Courtesy of Jesse Cazares

Context: WeWork bought the Dallas-based Common Desk about two years ago in a bid to continue growing after its infamous collapse in 2019. WeWork filed for bankruptcy protection in November.

Between the lines: San Antonio still has more remote workers than before the pandemic but is far behind Dallas and Austin as far as folks staying home.

  • Recent Census figures show that 14.8% of San Antonio metro area workers were working from home as of 2022, just below the U.S. rate of 15.2%.
  • In Dallas, that figure was 18.3%. In Austin, it was 28%.

What they're saying: "The small to mid-sized business customer is so critical to Common Desk, and I just think they're underserved" in San Antonio, Williams says.

  • "There's not enough space, and really no spaces like Common Desk, in the market."

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2. Work and working out

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

While downtown is getting a new coworking space, the persistence of remote work has sparked the rise of well-appointed spaces fusing work with fitness and leisure.

Why it matters: A raft of data strongly implies workers are still productive outside traditional office confines. But some employees are balking at working continuously at home or in loud coffee shops, Axios' Javier E. David reports.

Enter Life Time, an upscale health club operator with over 150 domestic locations, all strategically positioned in wealthy suburbs nationwide.

How it works: The self-described "athletic country club" caters to white-collar workers, combining workspaces with high-end, family-friendly fitness facilities.

  • Life Time's facilities vary from location to location, but amenities include top-of-the-line gym equipment, fitness classes, juice bars and even spas. Those perks don't come cheap: Local memberships start at $179 monthly.

Zoom in: San Antonio's two locations recently added "work club lounge" areas within the gyms, which are smaller than the company's 15-location lineup of premium coworking spaces.

  • Tina Toquica, general manager of The Rim location, told the Express-News that the lounge is always occupied.

What they're saying: People are sending a message that "I don't want work to be separate from other places in my life. I want it to be stitched together with other things," Jamie Hodari, CEO of global coworking company Industrious, tells Axios.

The bottom line: Employees generally want workspaces that fit better with active personal lives after an era of long commutes that meant a firewall between the office and the gym and leisure time.

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3. Inside the Loop

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Councilmember Marc Whyte was legally intoxicated when he was arrested on a drunken driving charge late last year. His blood alcohol concentration was .089, above the .08 limit, according to test results released yesterday. (Express-News)

🧁 Congrats to a San Antonio seventh grader who recently won season 12 of the Food Network's "Kids Baking Championship" with her science fair volcano cake. (KSAT)

😵‍💫 Killeen is the first city in the nation to reach 100 degrees this year. (Express-News)

🇲🇽 Maíz will bring dishes from the interior of Mexico to the North Side starting March 6. (SA Culture Map)

4. Springing forward into heat

Data: Midwest Regional Climate Center; Map: Rahul Mukherjee/Axios
Data: Midwest Regional Climate Center; Map: Rahul Mukherjee/Axios

If you couldn't tell, spring has arrived. With temperatures already reaching the high 80s, people outside of San Antonio might even mistake it for summer weather.

Driving the news: Temperatures are expected to cool down today before warming back up for the weekend, but frosty weather is nowhere in sight.

The big picture: The median date for the last spring frost for Sam Antonio is Feb. 25, according to the Midwestern Regional Climate Center.

  • In case you needed a reminder, the high was 86 on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Leadville, Colorado, has the latest median spring frost on June 27.

For context: June has been a historically hot month for San Antonio in recent years, with record highs in the triple digits.

Happy "spring," y'all!

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5. Vassell's vamped up Spurs fits

Devin Vassell modeling a $249.99 leather jacket. Photo: Courtesy of Spurs Sports and Entertainment

The Spurs returned from their three-week Rodeo Road Trip with new merch.

Driving the news: Guard Devin Vassell, who has a clothing brand called Unrecognized to Unforgettable, worked with the Spurs on a 10-item line of T-shirts, hoodies, crewnecks, shorts, a leather jacket and more.

  • The merch drop will debut at the Spurs Fan Shop at Frost Bank Center tomorrow, coinciding with the team's first game back in town since Feb. 3.
  • Fans will be able to shop the items on SpursFanShop at 10am Friday.
  • Prices range from $49.99-$249.99.

The intrigue: Only 124 jackets, which feature the San Antonio skyline, will be produced to honor Vassell's jersey number, 24.

  • The Spurs say many of Vassell's teammates have been sporting his line during their travels on the Rodeo Road Trip.

What they're saying: "Each piece blends my personal fashion flow with the team and city that has embraced me and showed so much love since I became a professional. I can't wait to see my Spurs family representing in style," Vassell said in a statement.

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