There are many benefits to coworking, including a professional office space for those without an office, a strong community of “coworkers” for those who work remotely, and flexible membership options for hybrid teams (providing open workspaces, dedicated desks, private offices, conference rooms, and more).
One benefit often overlooked, however, is the opportunity for coworkers to become better integrated with the community in which the coworking space is located. That’s why Olio Coworking members are so thrilled to be located right on Mainstreet in Hopkins, Minnesota.
Find out what makes Hopkins coworking such a great opportunity for a diverse range of professionals.
1. Centrally Located in the Twin Cities
Being right on the Highway 169 and Highway 7 corridor, Downtown Hopkins offers a prime office location for those who live in the Southwest Twin Cities. This is especially true for those who want to avoid the increasingly urbanized (and crowded with traffic) environments offered by communities bordering Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Being just three miles from Minneapolis—and surrounded by Edina, Minnetonka, and St. Louis Park—has obvious benefits. Not to mention being in close proximity to many of the most sought after commercial districts in the Twin Cities, Hopkins itself has plenty to offer.
2. The People
A community is only as good as its people. This is true of any coworking space as well as any organization, neighborhood, or city. Luckily for those who find themselves working in the area, the people of Hopkins are a special breed.
Being a city with a long and interesting history—first on the map in 1893 as “West Minneapolis Village”—the community of Hopkins, along with its historic Mainstreet, has been developed over 100+ years. Its history as a small, close-knit village is still evident today, even as the city has become increasingly populated.
In certain aspects, Hopkins still holds onto a small (and old) town feel. This is especially true in downtown with its old-fashioned main street that is lined with old classic brick buildings, many of which were built more than one hundred years ago. Furthermore, many businesses have stayed in Hopkins through multiple generations and so have many generations of families.
Unsurprisingly, this has led to a community of true “locals”—commoners who know each other and know each other’s families, a unique attribute for a city located just three miles from the Minneapolis metropolis.
This small and old town feel is something many people in Hopkins continue to take pride in, which results in a strong sense of belonging, kindness for fellow residents and visitors, and an appreciation of the past with a motivation for an enriched future. And being centrally located in the growing Southwest Metro, the Hopkins community has increasingly leaned into its past while embracing a modernized vision of the future—a vision that supports bold entrepreneurism, fashionable living accommodations, and enhanced visibility.
Because coworkers often adopt aspects of the greater community, this blend of old (and small) town and new (and less small) town creates a wonderful environment for a coworking space. Coworkers in Hopkins are likely to be caring and personal, passionate about the community, and hard-working as they too try to embrace an always brighter future.
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Just to provide an understanding of some of the great people you may find in a Hopkins coworking space, below we highlight a few current members at Olio Coworking:
- Brandon W: Brandon is founder of Team 551 Management Group, a growing multi-unit owner-operator of Jersey Mike’s Sub restaurants. He was previously an EVP at Ovative Group, a highly successful digital-first media and measurement company, and remains an advisor to the firm. Brandon has experience as a consultant and as a serial startup founder.
- Adam M: Adam is an adventurous columnist for a major global media organization with strong reporting experience in China and the Asia-Pacific region. Although he is a Hopkins resident, he also has a residence in Malaysia. Adam is the author of two critically-acclaimed and best-selling books: “Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion Dollar Trash Trade” (2013); and “Second: Traveling the New Global Garage Sale” (2019).
- Michael M: As a co-founder of Olio Coworking—co-founded with his brother, Bobby, a local serial entrepreneur—Michael enjoys speaking with other founders. Furthermore, he works remotely on the acquisitions team at a growing software holding company called SureSwift Capital. He spends much of his time outside of Minnesota as a “digital nomad”.
- Dominique P.T.: Dom is the community relations manager for ICA (a social services agency serving Hopkins, Minnetonka, Excelsior, Shorewood, Deephaven, Greenwood, and Woodland, Minnesota). He seems to know everyone in Hopkins and sits on the board of multiple organizations, overseeing various philanthropic initiatives.
3. Restaurants, Bars, and Breweries
Downtown Hopkins offers a variety of restaurant, bar, and brewery options. As the downtown district continues to attract more visitors, the list of eating and drinking establishments is growing.
One of the best things about having a workspace on Mainstreet is its walkability. By walking just a few blocks in either direction, coworkers will find many options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, a quick snack, or cocktails. Some of the favorites are below.
Coffee & Breakfast
Lunch & Dinner
Fast Food: For those with a midday craving for some fast food, a McDonald’s, Dairy Queen, Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Subway, and Wendy’s can all be found a few blocks off Mainstreet.
Beer & Cocktails
After a long day at work, sometimes a cold beer or cocktail tastes particularly good. Although some of the restaurants and grills named above are also popular destinations to grab casual drinks and let loose—especially Mainstreet Bar & Grill, Pub 819, and Wild Boar—there are some other great spots on Mainstreet to try.
4. Convenient Location & Transportation
Being on the Highway 169 and Highway 7 corridor, Downtown Hopkins offers spectacular accessibility for those looking for a good place to work. Accessibility will only improve once the Southwest Light Rail Green Line Extension is finished in 2023. This 14.5-mile light rail line with 16 stations will soon connect Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Hopkins (including downtown Hopkins), Minnetonka, and Eden Prairie.
One thing that is often overlooked by those who are less familiar with Hopkins is Mainstreet’s convenience for bikers. Just ask a few of Olio Coworking’s members who bike to work each day from their homes.
The Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Regional, Cedar Lake LRT Regional, North Cedar Lake Regional, and Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trails are four major trailheads that run within a block or two of Mainstreet. These well kept trailheads connect Hopkins to Chanhassen, Victoria, St. Louis Park, Minneapolis, and more.
Other Things to Know About Working in Downtown Hopkins
Hopkins Mainstreet isn’t just full of bars and restaurants. The commercial district also has a variety of other retail and service-based businesses, including one of the best collections of antique stores in the Upper Midwest.
Beyond this, Downtown Hopkins is also home to Hopkins Center of the Arts and Stages Theatre Company, multiple neighborhood parks, and one of the Twin Cities’ best lineups of community events, celebrations, and parades (e.g., the weekly Farmer’s Market, multiple city block parties, the famous Raspberry Festival, and a strong summer music series).
These events provide a great way for coworkers in Hopkins to interact with the community while gaining valuable personal and business connections.
The best way to fully understand how this translates to a great environment for coworkers is to give coworking on Hopkins Mainstreet a try. That’s why Olio Coworking offers a free trial, so that these benefits can be fully experienced by those who are curious whether or not coworking in the area is a good thing for them.
To summarize, top reasons to join a coworking space in downtown Hopkins are:
- Location: Hopkins is centrally located in Southwest Minneapolis-St. Paul with great accessibility.
- The People: The city of Hopkins has an especially strong community and has increasingly attracted entrepreneurialism as the many benefits of the city have become amplified over the past handful of years.
- Food and Drinks: The highly walkable “Mainstreet” offers coworkers a variety of food and drink establishments.
- Trails and Alternative Transportation: The regional trail system and Light Rail extension offer great alternatives for those who wish to travel by light rail, bike, or foot.
- Downtown Events: As the result of a strong community, Hopkins has an alluring lineup of downtown events to entertain and help coworkers get to know others in the area.