Arcadia is continuously expanding, with construction all over the place and new businesses popping up all the time. The area remains in demand and because of this, businesses are looking for new spaces to expand and grow their clientele.
There is a noticeable trend in the popularity of office buildings in the area, where collaboration and teamwork thrive. Here are three up-and-coming shared office spaces in Arcadia:
The Marilyn Boutique Offices
4602 E. Thomas Road
Fresh on the scene is The Marilyn, opened for business by Laura and Jeff Beraznik after more than four years of planning, design, and construction. This adaptive reuse project attracted the couple’s attention, and it wasn’t long before they purchased the building.
“We saw its potential when we first visited,” Laura said. “We weren’t sure what we were going to do with it, but we both saw it as an opportunity to create something special.”
They set out to update, modernize, and breathe new life into the building constructed in 1979. Careful to preserve its unique character and feel, the Berazniks created a full-service workspace solution with a modern atmosphere.
In addition to the exterior refresh, the interior has undergone a dramatic transformation.
The space that once housed 65 individual offices has been modernized and now offers wide-open work spaces, lounge areas, and private rooms. Walnut, glass, and concrete finishes complete the building’s aesthetic.
“We are proud that The Marilyn has a welcoming and new modern feel, but also that we have maintained many elements of the original building with its many touches of wood and its iconic 70s atrium,” Laura said.
The Berazniks’ business, Nokona American Ball Gloves, has moved into The Marilyn, as have 16 other tenants who want the flexible options for fully-furnished private offices and seasonal space.
Named after Laura’s mother, The Marilyn is an attempt to provide an office environment for people who want a socially creative space. By blending the line between work and leisure, The Marilyn is buzzing with activity. Each shared workspace is designated for the individual who has rented it, with an open area that’s ideal for networking. Both the shared and private offices have access to a range of amenities, including Wi-Fi, conference rooms, lounge areas, printing, mail and receptionist services, and an on-site restaurant called Muse & Market.
Catering for meetings, dry-cleaning delivery, and on-site weekly car washes are also available. Marilyn members also receive deals and experiences from local businesses, a program that will be expanding in the future.
“It has also been exciting to see businesses and services within The Marilyn getting to know each other,” Laura said. “Our vision has always been to create a space and let it evolve as people move in, and this is precisely what is happening.”
6300 E. Thomas Road
This 166,606 square-foot office complex located on the Phoenix/Scottsdale border recently celebrated its one-year anniversary in November. Located at 64th Street and Thomas, The Quad is billed as the place “where all things come together” and as a “next generation office space.” With 14 free-standing buildings and dedicated indoor/outdoor work spaces, The Quad presents an opportunity for patrons to come together for both big business and social initiatives.
“What is really cool about The Quad is they took a 60-year-old project and just gave it a beautiful facelift to make it a total community work space,” said Dean Leisman, chief operations officer for Pitch Pizzeria, The Quad’s on-site restaurant and bar. The Quad marks the first Phoenix location for the pizzeria.
With an array of amenities, including food and drinks at your fingertips, as well as a fitness center and shower, The Quad is bringing new value to an already booming neighborhood. The $23 million renovation was successful, with the complex going from 20 percent occupied before to 100 percent occupied after.
Placing an emphasis on “Quadworking,” there’s 1200 square feet of tenant amenity space for networking and training events, complete with audio-visual equipment, a catering kitchen and a bar.
Regular community events, such as bocce ball tournaments and industry-focused training bring tenants together in this pet and bike-friendly destination. Dog parks, sitting areas and a patio are included to make The Quad a comfortable space for animal lovers.
Companies including Phoenix Magazine, Opendoor, The James Agency and Spiritual Gangster have made the move to join this space.
3511 E. Indian School Road
This joint venture between two Valley design businesses, Karen Rapp Interiors and Hayes Inc. Architecture/Interiors, is on a mission to unite neighbors, co-workers, and friends in a studio that’s all about sharing.
“Our goals are to help create small businesses within our community, refresh, renovate or build new family-sized and small homes that complement the neighborhood and sometimes help illustrate new wonderful solutions for the way we work and live today,” said Architect Cathy Hayes.
This brand-new building features a contemporary conference room, galley kitchen, outdoor patio for pre-function gatherings, and gardens in both the front and the back of the property. The co-op-inspired scene allows for the community to catch up with one another. Throughout the year, the studio has hosted training sessions, book clubs, baby showers, fitness and wellness lectures, cocktail parties and lunches.
With spaces available by the hour, local groups and business owners have access to this location and all of its modern features, including Wi-Fi, audio-visual connections with two large wall-mounted monitors, and easy access on one of Arcadia’s main streets.
Billed as an “elegant neighborhood meeting space,” conference table seating can accommodate 12 for intimate meetings where creativity and teamwork can thrive. The two design studios work side-by-side in this inspiring shared space, and they’re eager to get more community members involved at the studio as well.
“For years we have participated quietly one at a time in the resurgence of areas in the Valley, hoping that small revitalized areas will build a fabric of successful, dynamic, friendly, fun neighborhoods,” Hayes said. “We’ve had the same goals for 25 years, only each year we gain more experience, travel the world to see more innovative ideas and offer our real commitment to listening to our clients.”