What is coworking?
With the rise of the gig economy in Maine and beyond and the focus on corporate work-life balance and flexibility, more people are working outside the traditional office culture. Coworking has become a mainstay for working professionals who are looking for a work space outside their home, with the functionality of a traditional office and none of the hassle.
Union + Co’s mission is to create a welcoming space that is tailored to suit these workers’ needs. No more struggling to find a seat at the local coffee shop or feeling the guilt that comes with lingering too long without buying that second pastry or cup of tea. Work seated at a community table, standing at an adjustable-height desk or lounge in the soft-seating area. Book the Community Board Room for a longer meeting, or take a client meeting in The Nook, a semi-private meeting space. Take advantage of the natural light in an historic building, and get stuff done.
The location at 48 Front Street in the heart of historic downtown Bath offers our members essential amenities such as local shops, restaurants, cafes, a natural foods market, yoga and wellness, a print shop, post office, financial institutions, walking paths and nature preserves, and a local creative workforce. The town has a muscle memory for greatness, with a 400-year old tradition of shipbuilding and an active shipyard, as well as a vibrant arts community, all alongside the Kennebec River. Local businesses thrive in Bath with the active support of Bath Main Street which hosts events and workshops for citizens and business owners.
Can i test it out for a day?
We are happy to offer tours of the space with advance notice. Please send us a message on our Contact page here, or drop in between 8:30 - 4pm, Monday through Friday. If you would like to stay for the day, you may buy a day pass to give it a test run before buying a full membership.
Can i rent the Community board room if I’m not a member?
The Community Board Room is open to, and may be reserved by members of the community on a first-come, first-served basis. We require a 24 hour pre-booking for non-member registrations. The Community Board Room may be booked during the hours of 6am to 5pm. Reservations are taken through the online portal. Catering options are available through our partner businesses, with advanced notice. If you have any questions, contact communitymgr [at] unionandco.me for more details.
how much does the community board room cost to rent?
The Community Board Room rental is free of charge for non-profit organizations. There is a $25 per hour booking fee for all others who wish to rent the room. Please note that reservations can only be made in half-hour increments. Please include time for set up and clean up in your booking.
can i hold an event in the main space?
The main work space will be available to book after hours, from 5:00pm Monday through Friday, and on Saturday and Sunday. Please contact communitymgr [at] unionandco.me for more information on pricing and booking information.
What kind of coffee do you serve?
We serve Bard Coffee and will occasionally feature other local roasters.
what about food? can i bring my lunch?
Absolutely. We have a full-sized fridge for member use, as well as a beverage fridge which will be stocked with fizzy water and coffee fixings. Feel free to bring your favorite creamer for our coffee bar!
Do you offer parking?
Union + Co does not offer designated parking spaces for members. However, there is a wealth of parking in downtown Bath. The City of Bath has public parking resources which you can find on the City’s website here, or here and here.
And we have a few additional thoughts on parking...
A constant availability and turnover of on street parking is an essential amenity for a thriving downtown. We chose Bath for Union + Co because its streets are pedestrian and bicycle friendly, interesting to walk, and because of the vibrant local businesses that can support a creative economy and coworking. To keep this essential amenity open for short-term customer visits to our business neighborhood, please park and walk a few extra blocks. You'll be doing your part to contribute to the healthy economy of downtown Bath and get a few extra minutes of activity in your day.
Will The Space Be Air Conditioned/Cooled?
We love old buildings. But they come with challenges. One such challenges is heating and cooling them to meet today's expectations. Interestingly, the Lincoln-Church block is heated by a central boiler that covers almost a third of the buildings on Front Street! Back in the day it was a coal-fed system but has been updated to run on oil and natural gas. Unfortunately, there is no central air conditioning in the building, similar to much of the downtown district.
We are currently exploring various energy efficient options, but in the meantime, we will enjoy the fresh new spring air by opening our 5 oversized windows that look out onto the Kennebec River. The space is open and well ventilated with a nice cross breeze. We'll keep you posted.
Any other questions?
We are happy to help. Head to our Contact page and shoot us an email, message or give us a call.