Creative Minds, Common Workspace

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“This is the true story of six creatives…who decided renovate a space…to work together and have their lives Instagrammed…” This “Real World” reference has been the running  joke since December, when myself and five other creatives came together to create a collaborative workspace. It was Rita and Lisa who came up with the idea, and together we’ve formed an entity called The COMN.


The COMN is short for “The Collective Minneapolis”, and is pronounced “The Common”, because the six partners share a similar thread of creative entrepreneurship. We’ve been in our common space only two weeks, but working alongside other small business owners has been more valuable than I could have imagined.


But the learning hasn’t stopped there. From finding a space that fits each of our brands and our budgets, to working through legalities of forming a business together, to choosing finishings and furniture, it’s been quite the process for MelissaMattPaulLisaRita and myself. Moreover, the experience has proven to be a great exercise in business development, collective compromise, and trust. We still have plenty of work to do, but the space is coming together nicely, and we’re incredibly excited to finish up the final details in time to invite a small number of other creatives to come work alongside us. In fact, starting May 1st we’ll be offering permanent desk space, communal desk space, and photography/shooting space to renters in the creative industry. We are also hoping to hold a few workshops throughout the year.


Stay tuned for the final reveal of the space and the launch our website! If you have any questions about the space, or want to inquire about renting a desk at The COMN, please email In the meantime, the real-world studio action is playing out on Instagram!



Learn more about The COMN partners here:

Kate Arends: Wit & Delight / Instagram / Twitter
Lisa Hackwith: Hackwith Design House / Instagram / Twitter
Matt Lien: Matt Lien Photography / Instagram / Twitter
Rita Mehta: The American Edit / Instagram / Twitter
Melissa Oholendt: Melissa Oholendt Photography / Instagram / Twitter
Paul Vincent: Paul Vincent Photography / Instagram / Twitter

All images by my partners at The COMN

BY Kate - April 21, 2014

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  1. Danielle

    April 21st, 2014 at 10:30 am

    I love the thought behind the name of this amazing workspace! Clever, and fitting. Wishing you all the best!

  2. Myrna

    April 21st, 2014 at 10:36 am

    CONGRATS KATE! This is so awesome to surround yourself with creative individuals to form an empire 🙂 Best of luck on this journey, i’ll be following along.


  3. Marina

    April 21st, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Very nice. Is this space downtown MPLS?

  4. Kate

    April 21st, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Yes! We’re right across the street from Moose & Sadies.

  5. Anne

    April 21st, 2014 at 10:38 am

    What a gorgeous space and a great community of artists! I can’t wait to see more photos!

  6. Natalie

    April 21st, 2014 at 10:53 am

    This is amazing! I love the entire idea of creative minds coming together and working in a common space! So much inspiration and creativity must be flowing around the room. Congratulations to all of you! Can’t wait to see the finished product

  7. Marina

    April 21st, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Great, we’re neighbors! My hubby and I have a live/work loft above One on One and we love seeing cool, new businesses opening in the ‘hood. Best of luck!

  8. jacob phelps

    April 21st, 2014 at 11:53 am

    a gorgeous space to say the least.

  9. nga

    April 21st, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    the space looks amazing! so happy and open. Congrats Kate and team- and wishing everyone luck!

  10. Jade Sheldon-Burnsed

    April 21st, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I believe rad is the word for all this. Freakin’ rad, even!

  11. Kelly

    April 21st, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    What an inspiring space!

  12. Cydney S

    April 21st, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Love this! Beautiful space, and such a wonderful group. Some of my favorites!

  13. Sarah | Safaris and Sunsets

    April 21st, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I have been following along on Instagram + absolutely loving it! I dream to one day have a space like that. Love the calming + raw aesthetic. Gorgeous work! Excited to follow along with all of you!

  14. Mailinh

    April 21st, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Congratulations, Kate! The space is looking great–cannot wait for the big reveal.

  15. Kasey

    April 21st, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Dream workspace! Congrats, Kate.

  16. Kate

    April 21st, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Thank you, Kasey! I hope you’re well.

  17. jensen

    April 21st, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    ha! i love the real world reference, so perfect. it’s been so fun to watch this space unfold on instagram — if only i lived in minneapolis!

  18. ernestina causse

    April 21st, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Wonderful space! Congratulations!

  19. Lindsay Truax

    April 21st, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Such a cool space Kate!

  20. Ola Omami

    April 21st, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    OMG how I wish I was in Minneapolis! Amazing space, perfect company, congrats!

  21. Brian Hara

    April 21st, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    I swell with pride when I look at all of these things you do. PLEASE ask if you ever need help with anything. I have a large bag of tools. I don’t know what they are all for, but I bet if you, Joe, and I put our heads together we could figure it out. I would also bring a tasty snack for the group to share! Congrats, though. This looks like a dream. I want to rent a work space there when you get to that point, so put me on the list if there is one.

  22. Kate

    April 22nd, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Thank you so much, Brian! So glad I can call you my friend.

  23. Jamy

    April 21st, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    It is stunning Kate. What a wonderful initiative. I imagine some pretty amazing designs/inspiration are going to come out of the COMN. Will be following closely.

  24. Tasha

    April 21st, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Stunning, That is all…

  25. Ashley

    April 22nd, 2014 at 12:26 am

    So, just *how* creative must one be to get an invite?!

  26. Kate

    April 22nd, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Ashley! We would love to have you if you’re interested!

  27. Ben Wagner

    April 22nd, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Would LOVE to work from this space if/when I move back to Minneapolis!

  28. Emma Irene

    April 22nd, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    I’ve been following the photos on Instagram – this is so exciting! Congrats on the new space!

  29. Sally

    April 24th, 2014 at 5:07 am

    Such an amazing workspace – must be sooo good to get the creative juices flowing! I dream to be able to work some place like this one day!

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  31. Julia Kostreva

    April 24th, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Congrats to all of you! What an amazing space! This is a total dream. You are in the middle of something really wonderful! Good luck to all of you as you start it up!

  32. Ashley Denae

    April 24th, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Congrats, Kate! You are truly living the dream. The space is turning out so well. Can’t wait to see what all of you creative masterminds come up with next!

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    May 3rd, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Well this is rad. Congratulations on this!

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  37. kiley

    June 16th, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    what a gorgeous space – and such a cool idea. would love to stop by to see it in person next time i’m in the cities!

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