Leading Women

WB Collective brings all-female coworking space to the Warehouse District
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PHOTOGRAPHS BY J.R. THOMASON COURTESY WB COLLECTIVE

 

HOUSED IN A RESTORED, CIRCA-1905 former cold storage facility, WB Collective is a coworking and event space in the Warehouse District designed for womenowned, -led and -founded businesses. The more than 7,500-square-foot space features exposed brick walls and other industrial design elements along with two coffee bars, two catering kitchens, a “huddle room,” large conference room and a 2,500-square-foot event space. Women’s Business Enterprise Council South and WB Collective CEO Phala Mire said she created a positive atmosphere via the warm and inviting space, pointing to the planning and design as key elements, plus the staff is “hyper-focused on making every guest feel welcome.”

“Technology is ahead of the curve and our workspaces are designed with the entrepreneur in mind,” Mire said. “Although our mission is to support women business owners and professionals, all are welcome.” Over the next year, Nashville and Birmingham locations are in the works, as are plans to open the New Orleans WB Collective as a venue for meetings, seminars and events.

Mire said that prior to the COVID-19 crisis, her biggest challenge was scaling the WBC to meet the demands of women entrepreneurs in the region. She said her goals have not shifted in the new landscape, and she remains committed to growing as a resource and “work home” for female entrepreneurs.

“… There is inherent magic made when women get together,” Mire says. “The energy of the WBC speaks for itself!”

 

AT A GLANCE

BUSINESS NAME
WB Collective

LOCATION
401 St. Joseph
Street, 2nd Floor

DATE OF OPENING
Dec. 5, 2019

SIZE
Over 7,500 square feet

DESIGN TEAM
Angela O’Byrne FAIA, president and principal in charge, Kris Lowry, interior designer, project manager and Karri Maggio, project architect from Perez, APC (Certified Women’s Business Enterprise Council South), as well as Angelica Rivera, CEO of Colmex Construction (Certified WBE) and Kris VanDierendonk, principal at KV Workspace (Certified WBE).

NUMBER OF OFFICES/WORKSPACES
10 enclosed offices (1-6 occupants per office), six open space reserved desks and 20 individual workspaces

PERSON IN CHARGE
Phala Mire, CEO,
WBEC South and
WB Collective