Photo by Canary Grey
NO. 4 | #THECOMN
A clothing designer, a couple of bloggers, a few photographers—call them the North Loop's very own Breakfast Club. These creatives came together with a desire to get out of their pajamas and working at home situations and build a communal workspace. Trading cereal for champagne, the team of six works collectively—and, they admit, more productively—within the walls of their self-renovated, light-filled loft, complete with workstations, conference rooms, and plenty of room to lounge.
And just in case the clubhouse fun eve wears off for someone, their business plan is backed by an LLC, with legal paperwork and insurance. The COMN rents a few extra desks to those who are the right fit and invites the greater creative community in via impromptu Twitter-announced happy hours, floral workshops, and other events in the works.
NO. 5 | PAUL VINCENT, PHOTOGRAPHER
The globetrotting photographer brings an international perspective to The COMN while flooding Style Me Pretty and local blogs with postcard-worthy scenes.
NO. 6 | KATE ARENDS PETERS, OWNER & DESIGNER, WIT & DELIGHT
One of Pinterest's top pinners, she was tapped this fall by Target for a design collaboration on party products, focusing on craft beer and artisan food.
NO. 7 | MATT LIEN, PHOTOGRAPHER
He built The COMN's lovely conference room with his own eyes, hands, and a lot of trips to IKEA.
NO. 8 | MELISSA OHOLENDT, PHOTOGRAPHER
She shoots for some of the top bloggers and brides in town, and helped fuel the vision for The COMN.
NO. 9 | RITA MEHTA, AUTHOR, THE AMERICAN EDIT
She's been recognized near and far for her blog, which applauds domestically made products and their designers.
NO. 10 | LISA HACKWITH, OWNER & DESIGNER, HACKWITH DESIGN HOUSE
This clothing designer's team sews each piece in this very room—check out her "scraps" turned into stunning wall hangings called tasseltries.