Worthington-based COhatch is adding a flexible retail and co-working space inside Polaris Fashion Place, 1500 Polaris Parkway in Columbus.
Called the Hub, the 21-by-24-foot space will be between the Gap and Express stores, said Janet Brumfield, the founder of Ideal PR+ who manages public relations for COhatch. It opened Dec. 5.
The Hub is available for workshops or meetings that are open to the public and will allow members of the Madery – COhatch's "maker and market space" at 752 High St. in Old Worthington – the ability to showcase and sell their wares in the shopping center, Brumfield said.
"It's just about getting people access to do things that they've never done before," said COhatch founder Matt Davis.
COhatch, which rents co-working, event and office space to businesses and community members, was launched in September 2016 at the former Zettler Hardware at 659 High St. in Worthington. A second location soon followed at the Kilbourne Memorial Building, which once housed the city's public library, at 752 High St. in Old Worthington, and several expansion plans have been announced over the past year.
Davis said the Hub would be open during the normal mall hours from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and Sundays, and from 10 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
He also said the Hub would have pop-up shops with those who have Madery memberships on Saturdays. He said the model would give members the ability to launch new products without the risk that comes with untested business models.
"This is just phase 2 in the partnership with Polaris," Davis said, referring to future development with the mall.
COhatch already has another location in development at Polaris with the Pub, a 7,000-square-foot co-working space by day and, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., a craft-beer bar and entertainment venue, with featured areas for local microbrewers and a variety of events.
The Pub, 1554 Polaris Parkway in Columbus, is expected to open in January.
Davis and COhatch plan to open 12 co-working locations in central Ohio over the next five years.
In addition to the Polaris locations, COhatch has its two original Worthington locations, the Hardware Store at 659 High St. and the Library and the Madery at 752 High St., and three others under construction: the Newsstand at 18. E. William St. in Delaware, the Overlook at 1735 W. Lane Ave. in Upper Arlington and the Market at 101 S. Fountain Ave. in Springfield.
Madery spaces will be added to the Market and the Pub.
To learn more about COhatch or how to use the service, go to cohatch.com.