The concept of coworking is a fairly new one, and Lancaster has become one of the leading cities to embrace this unique way in which people work together. The Candy Factory, located at 323 North Queen Street, is a shared workspace founded by Anne Kirby and Max Phillips in 2010. “Our goal is economic development,” says Kirby when asked about her unique workspace, “it’s all about interacting with the community, and helping small businesses to grow.” Kirby goes on to explain that the Candy Factory, “isn’t just shared office space. It’s a place where people can bounce ideas off of each other and work on different projects in an open environment.”
A space like the Candy Factory allows its members to have all of the conveniences of an office building while helping small business owners cut down on their overhead. “We offer members a business address, a mailing address, and a comfortable working environment, just like any good office building, but what we do differently is allow small companies to focus more on their employees and their growing business without having to worry about the costs that come along with renting a traditional office space,” Kirby explains.
The social aspect of coworking is key to the success of the concept, and Kirby sees Lancaster as an area in which community outreach is celebrated and embraced. “The remarkable thing about the Candy Factory is that, outside of major cities like Philadelphia, it’s one of the first coworking spaces to open in Central PA. We’ve become a model for how this kind of space should be run, and it’s because of how strong our community is and how supportive it’s been.” Whether you’re a freelance worker or a small business owner, the Candy Factory is the perfect place to foster and grow new ideas. Become a member of the Candy Factory at www.candyissweet.com