Imagine a workspace where creativity isn’t confined by cubicle walls, meditation and movement are encouraged, and the people you work beside inspire you and your work. If that sounds too good to be true, think again. Houston’s first retreat-style creative collective will open on October 16 in Spring Branch. More than just an office filled with desks, the vision for SHED HTX is to create a new future of how we work and live. In a former life, SHED HTX was an auto shop, but this fall the reimagined space will serve freelancers, writers, artists and entrepreneurs to provide a working environment that not only sparks creativity, but fosters it.
SHED HTX was born through a partnership between two powerhouse husband-wife duos – Dan and Cristina Houston and Wayne and Berkely Arrants. The Arrants transformed the former auto shop into a retreat-style space with a garden, woodworking shop and yoga studio before teaming up with the Houstons, who own and run two yoga-related businesses, to host leadership seminars and yoga teacher trainings. This early partnership inspired conversation and ideation between the two couples in which the idea for SHED HTX was created. As local entrepreneurs themselves, the Houstons saw a need within the Houston community for a working environment that allowed people to use the tools of movement, meditation and community to get the most out of their work day.
SHED HTX’s vision goes beyond the physical workspace of handcrafted wooden standing desks and work tables. The collective also features a meditation loft, yoga studio and outdoor community garden complete with hammocks. While numerous studies have shown the benefits of integrating meditation and movement into the work environment – from stress relief to increased productivity – traditional office space isn’t conducive to either. Beyond the opportunity to practice yoga, garden or meditate during the day, SHED HTX also plans to differentiate itself from traditional co-working spaces by creating an interactive social experience that spurs problem solving and community leadership. And, the retreat-style space isn’t limited to 9–5ers. The property is accessible by code during off-peak hours and can be rented for private functions from yoga teacher trainings to celebrations.
Membership packages to SHED HTX vary depending on anticipated amount of use, but include amenities like snacks, espresso, office supplies, printing, an on-site shower and access to the whole property (open 8am–9pm, seven days a week) including the garden, meditation loft and yoga studio.
Prior to its official opening in October, SHED HTX will be offering tours that can be scheduled on their website, www.SHEDHTX.com.