A little over a year into its reinvention as a hotel-slash-community and events space-slash-cultural experiment, the Red Vic Hotel will now also function as a pay-as-you-go drop-in workspace that's open to anyone. The co-working service kicks off today.
For $10 per weekday, visitors can use the space as an office from 10am-6pm, complete with snacks, coffee, and tea. Dedicated co-workers can purchase a "Living Room Membership," which runs $60 for ten days or $95 for the whole month. The monthly pass includes the opportunity to host free or donation-based events in the space.
Members can also add full use of the kitchen for $100 a month (in addition to the membership fee).
The space is mostly complete, although Jessy Kate Schingler, Embassy Network co-founder and helmsperson at the Red Vic, says the team is still sprucing up some corners. It's full of lush couches, huge reclaimed-wood tables, and ceiling-high bookshelves that give it a cozy living-room feel.
In the future, Schingler says the Red Vic is planning to hold more and more events. The main space currently plays host to writing workshops, skill-shares, a Tuesday lecture series, and an art show that changes on the first Thursday of every month. "We buy one piece of art for every artist that exhibits here, as a way to decorate and to support local artists," Schingler said.
A second, smaller room upstairs, which is currently under renovation, will also become an events space, designed for meetings or private events.
"We want to work with people who are up to interesting things," Schingler said. "The goal for us here is not to just honor the history of the neighborhood, but to bring it to life. There are still people who live here who stand for the things the Haight is known for."