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Founded in Minneapolis’ North Loop, The Coven fosters community through intersectional coworking spaces geared toward women, non-binary, and transgender individuals. Their first location symbolically opened on International Women’s Day (March 8), 2018. In 2020, they expanded and opened a second space in Saint Paul’s Cathedral Hill neighborhood, a few blocks east of our Selby store. Why ‘The Coven’? Their name is a nod to convening community, or as they put it, “We believe when women, non-binary and trans folks gather together, they create magic.”

The Coven was created to prioritize workplace services and spaces for the LGBTQ community and women of color while advancing gender and racial equity within the local business scene. Simultaneously, it seeks to address disparities and barriers to access that institutionalized racism and sexism still present in many professional settings. The Coven is intentional about stewarding inclusive spaces that empower historically marginalized individuals to pursue their dreams and step into their economic power. Co-op member-owners get 10% off all membership options.

The Coven is growing. In the summer of 2023, The Coven launched a franchise model. This makes The Coven the only black-owned, women-owned co-working franchise in the world. Two new locations have sprung up on East Lake Street in Minneapolis and Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The next location opening this year will be in St Louis Park.

What can people expect when they come to The Coven to co-work?

The Coven leads with Radical Hospitality. The team greets you, and they provide everything from phone chargers to pep talks to lunch buddies. The spirit of Radical Hospitality is to build community, and that means responding to diverse people with diverse needs. You’ll find that the vibe of each day is different based on the community coworking together. The staff holds the space, and the community helps the mission come alive. The Coven is a “coworking community designed for belonging.”

What is an underrated benefit of joining?

The Coven has a robust digital library and community. Growing out of the C-19 pandemic, there are hundreds of episodes of professional and on-demand content from industry leaders. This ranges from starting a business to stepping into leadership.

In keeping with their values, they offer three membership types (annual, monthly, and social) at varying price ranges. There is also a Community Funded Membership program that prioritizes free memberships for the LGBTQ community, women of color, immigrants, military veterans, and those who are differently abled.

The Coven recognizes that success means more than just a supportive gathering space. Members can access other benefits, including networking opportunities, business and personal health classes, and discounts at other local businesses. On-site member perks include dedicated spaces for new parents and daily prayer, childcare services, a fully stocked snack pantry, conference rooms, showers, changing rooms, a beauty bar, fitness classes, and more. Premium perks at the new Saint Paul space include 24/7 secure access, private offices, and a gender-inclusive meeting space.

We’re proud and excited to support another local business with a mission dedicated to empowering our diverse communities!