FIRST PRIVATE CO-WORKING SPACE AND INNOVATION LAB FOR EAST END ENTREPRENEURS
The Spur is a private co-working space and innovation lab that targets entrepreneurs and innovators on the East End looking for a more invigorating and productive work environment than their home office. The Spur launched with a VIP event on Saturday, January 6, 2018 and then opened for business on January 8 as a pop-up partnership with the Southampton Social Club. In tandem, The Spur is working on renovating a building in Southampton Village that will become The Spur’s home come summer.
The Spur aims to combine the popular WeWork and Soho House concepts, focusing on bringing together entrepreneurs centered on media & tech, health & wellness, food/beverage & retail. The end goal is to help industries flourish year-round on the East End and help reduce seasonal highs and lows. As much of the Hamptons community flies south or goes into hibernation mode over the winter months, The Spur is opening with the aim to demonstrate the strength and resilience an all year-round innovation economy can provide.
“As an entrepreneur running several innovation-led businesses on the East End, I have met a number of likeminded peers who are all working on their businesses from home. Developing a next-generation workspace is a critical platform for our continued success” says Spur and i-hamptons founder, Ashley John Heather. “We already have dozens of members who have joined us.”
While providing a sophisticated and innovative work environment in which members can choose dedicated desks or flexible work areas, The Spur has also created an advisory council which will mentor members in building their businesses. These include East End entrepreneurs like Kathleen King, founder of Tates Bake Shop; David Bonnett, founder of Geocities; Bruce Bockmann, former Chairman of Techspace; and Porter Bibb, founder of MediaTech capital partners.
“I’m a full-time Southampton resident with an amazing network of friends, but few from similar backgrounds career-wise. Having a facility where there’s a focus on innovation and collaboration can help inform my perspective on technology, which is a huge part of my job.” Dave Nugent, partner at Omnigon Communications.
The Spur will also cater to the Hamptons weekenders who use their second homes all year round. It will offer a unique weekend ‘innovation’ program for kids, designed for pre-teens. Parents can drop off their children for a STEM inspired educational program that will cover the latest innovation tools such as 3D printing, Augmented Reality, Robotics, App development and much more. The program will be led by Gregory Wilson, Ph.D who is the Director of The Ross School’s Innovation Lab.
Complimentary breakfast refreshments are offered from 8:00am to 11:00am with premium local brands including Hampton Coffee Company and Plain-T. Lunch is served from 11:00am to 4:00pm, with a menu focused on local cuisine that is fresh and healthy. The bar, which opens at 5:00pm with a happy hour, serves local beer, wine and seasonally infused spirits. Every weekday at 5:00pm, The Spur hosts its’ Innov8 Speaker Series where experts share best practice in across areas of innovation. New furnishings for The Spur have been provided by Iconic Modern, Sisal Rugs Wholesale and California Closets.
About The Spur™ – By Innovation Only™
The Spur is the Hamptons’ first private co-working space and innovation hub for entrepreneurs. Memberships will be offered to entrepreneurs focused on innovative businesses across media & tech, health & wellness, retail & fashion and food & beverage. The first location will be in Southampton Village and opens in January 2018, but other locations will quickly be created across the East End including West Hampton, East Hampton and Greenport on the North Fork. The goal is to have a Spur location no more than 10 minutes from every entrepreneur in the Hamptons. The Spur is more than an office space as it offers mentorship support, business concierge services and regular programing covering digital innovation and all topics critical for entrepreneurs. For more information visit www.TheSpur.com
About Southampton Social Club
With stunning grounds, a dining room in the style of ‘old-world’ Hamptons flanked by cabanas and a fire-pit, Southampton Social Club has become a go-to of many of today’s high-profile Hamptons residents and visitors. SSC is open for year-round for brunch, lunch, dinner and late-night cocktails. Executive Chef Scott Kampf’s menu is filled with delectable “Farm to Table” dishes, in the Chef’s classic cooking style. The restaurant also has an extensive cocktail program featuring expertly crafted libations. SSC is the perfect location for private events, from cocktail parties, corporate events and birthday parties to larger scale dining events.
For more information, please visit: www.Southamptonsocialclub.com