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ASHLAND -- The grand opening of downtown Ashland's new coworking space comes later than expected, but such a facility may be more necessary now than ever before. 

Owner Josh Coffy intended to celebrate the opening of Coffyspace Coworking at 43 West Main Street in early spring, but as the COVID-19 pandemic came to Ohio, his plans were indefinitely placed on hold. 

Now, he plans to hold a ribbon cutting for the office space at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 23 and welcome those ready to move into the coworking space  as early as Monday, July 27. Thursday's celebration will run from 4 to 6 p.m.

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"I'm interested to see how it all plays out. Yes, there are people that want to stay home, but there are other people where their work has permanently transitioned them to remotely, and they're saying, I need a place to go," Coffy said. 

Coffyspace Coworking includes newly renovated, 4,600 square-foot building at 43 West Main Street and the second floor of 12 West Main Street, which already functions as a small-scale coworking space for Flight Media, Vinyl Marketing and several other small businesses. The buildings offer a variety of flexible options for entrepreneurs and small organizations, including shared desks, dedicated desks and private offices starting at $99.

The amenities associated with the modern workspaces include high speed internet, professional reception and lobby space, private business mailboxes, access to meeting rooms, a full-kitchen with unlimited micro-roasted coffee, 24/7 access and a steeply discounted rate to the Coffy’s vacation/company retreat cabin in Gatlinburg, TN.

Because of the pandemic, Coffy emphasized that he has stepped up the business's cleaning and safety precautions. 

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"We use everything disposable that we can. And cleaning is daily rather than weekly. We're washing things every single day," he said. 

To see his vision becoming a reality, Coffy said, it's rewarding. He purchased the building nearly two years ago with an ambitious goal. 

"Honestly, it's surreal. It came out as I envisioned it," Coffy said. 

The space includes several unique features, such as a chalkboard wall and an entryway paved with pennies. Many of the pennies were donated by the community. 

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