The Desk, a "place to create," closes its doors

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Scott Lentz
When The Desk opened last year in the former home of the Buffalo Exchange, it took the shared workspace concept to a whole new level, billing itself as a "place to create," adding a coffeehouse and taking reservations for the prime, paid spots. But with plenty of friendly nearby coffeehouses offering seats for free, the Desk faced stiff competition.

And now the Desk has closed.

See also:
Denver's top ten coffeehouses for workplace creativity

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Scott Lentz
Early this year, Space Creators, a Denver-based real estate development and brokerage firm, had partnered with The Desk. "It's great news," Desk owner Kristian Barowsky, who's opened the spot with his wife, Mandy Stevens, said at the time. "Their expertise in real estate is really going to help us with our expansion."

Or contraction. The Desk closed quietly -- very quietly -- last week, leaving a string of queries from regulars on Facebook.

Since that firm's portfolio of creative spaces also includes 1045, Laundry on Lawrence, Walnut Workshop and Wazee Union, watch for something interesting to emerge in the now-empty space.

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Scott Lentz
The Desk was just one of the eateries to close in the metro area in October; watch for our Restaurant Roll Call later today.


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The Desk - CLOSED

230 E. 13th Ave., Denver, CO

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Krysta Hand
Krysta Hand

I loved the concept of the desk and i was a proud proud supporter of their brave and independent initiative. We need more places like the desk and way less starbucks. We need to actively decide to support our community and those people who are trying to take back the community through grassroot efforts, like an independent business such as the desk. Im sad to see it go.

Erin Quinlan
Erin Quinlan

a nice way to say this, it didn't look like a fun place to be

Kristin Berryhill
Kristin Berryhill

I watched Jon Stewarts bit on the "Good thing or Bad thing" CNN issue... Journalism is pretty much non existent at this point.

eddievonrothhorn
eddievonrothhorn

If anybody has info on this landlord, we are needing a space quickly.

Eddie

Skoops Eatery

joey murdah
joey murdah

From what I heard, they took reservations for the week and then took off with customer's money. Lame.

Ray Koren
Ray Koren

I live next door and have to say that this business added nothing to the area. The whole vibe was off... The block needs a decent restaurant that serves meat.

Karl Chwe
Karl Chwe

I admire Kristian and Mandy's creativity and courage in opening such an innovative place. I did notice that while the cafe area became increasingly busy, the rented desk and conference room area, which is the bulk of the square footage, stayed fairly empty. I will be sad if they are closed permanently.

Carol Allen
Carol Allen

I work for a company with no office. While the concept of The Desk is good on paper, in reality, their meeting spaces just didn't work out for our group. We're not very big, but none of their spaces worked for us to meet either because of space or tech issues. Plus, they were kind of expensive.

Peter William Goodwin
Peter William Goodwin

Sadly true about 90% of journalism these days. I blame it on the public's 10 second attention span. Twitter-ism.

Lyn Wheaton
Lyn Wheaton

Guess they couldn't "create" any business?

Fred Kaplan
Fred Kaplan

Not much "meat" to your story, as to WHY, or WHAT will happen to clients who had been reserving space. I would have learned as much from just reading the headline.

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