Switchyards’ original downtown location opened in 2016 at 151 Ted Turner Drive NW. Like other coworking spaces that have began popping up around the city and country in recent years, Switchyards offers open work areas, meeting spaces and offices for rent.
Memberships start at $50 per month.
There’s also all-you-can-drink coffee, personalized mugs and plenty of Instagrammable scenes.
(You may have seen Switchyards’ red neon sign that reads “made with soul in Atlanta” in your social media feeds).
Through the years, the space has touted notable members, like former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
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More recently, it have expanded its footprint with locations on the Westside and in Inman Park.
“Switchyards is for when I need to get some work done. And be around others,” the company proclaims online.
However, earlier this month, Switchyards, which was founded by Michael Tavani, announced it would cap its membership.
That means, until another new location is opened that would add capacity, no new members will be accepted unless someone leaves and gives up their spot. “One out, one in,” it says.
So, what motivated the switch?
“Making sure that our members have an inspiring and comfortable place to work, meet, and focus is our number one goal. That’s why we’ve capped memberships,” the company says on its site.
Switchyards also says it has more than 800 members, although it doesn’t state what exact figure it capped the membership at.
In an email, a company spokesman said the “waitlist is already filling up quickly,” but still not disclose how many people have added their names.
In addition to coworking space, Switchyards has regularly hosted its “Made in Atlanta” events, featuring notable Atlantans like Killer Mike, Beltine visionary Ryan Gravel and the folks behind Arden's Garden.
The city is home to several other coworking spaces as well, including nationwide chains WeWork and Industrious.