J’Tanya Adams, founder of Historic West End Partners, wants to “revitalize” the Beatties Ford and Oaklawn Forward area with Thrive Hub by transforming two buildings to bring capital into the corridor.
Why it matters: Thrive Hub will bring more amenities to the Beatties Ford corridor. Not only will the two spaces bring resources into the West End, but they will also bring opportunities for more capital from businesses based out of the soon-to-be co-working space.
The two buildings will become a “food hub,” and office space for individuals and small businesses. Grants from the Knight Foundation and United Way of Greater Charlotte partly fund the building transformations.
Amenities for the food hub and meeting space will feature local chefs and food trucks.
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Adams said people could access the space for a monthly membership fee. Amenities include access to the common area and room to work. Businesses can lease dedicated space. Meals will be available at Thrive Hub. Membership and rental pricing is still pending.
The food hub will source from local businesses like BW Sweets, Sweet IMALDA’S, Weaver Street co-op market, Enderly Coffee, Blue Moon cafe, and other local chefs and entrepreneurs.
In addition to the indoor plans, Thrive Hub will also have outdoor seating where members and the community can expect local food trucks to operate on various days. Adams wants the building’s food warmer and industrial fridge to serve as an “incubator” for up-and-coming chefs.
Adams told QCity Metro the food hub has a capacity of 50 people, and the office space will accommodate four businesses. The hub also offers a private meeting space that can be booked for meetings or other events.
So far, Thrive Hub has been used for community meetings like those of the Oaklawn Forward, a stakeholder-driven initiative focusing on development in the Historic West End.
Thrive Hub’s creation joins other efforts to bring more revenue into the West End, like Dianna Ward’s investment group purchases and Erika Troutman’s space for small businesses.