Business Casual Coworking: Bucks County workspace with brewery on-site [PHOTOS] - Technical.ly Philly

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Aug. 8, 2013 12:30 pm

Business Casual Coworking: Bucks County workspace with brewery on-site [PHOTOS]

Jon Graham, 27, a Bucks County native and current resident, opened Business Casual because he was tired of commuting to the city and knew there were others that felt the same way.
This new Business Casual Coworking sign is a work in progress.

This new Business Casual Coworking sign is a work in progress.

Thanks to its location out in Bucks County, Business Casual Coworking has one distinct advantage over Philadelphia’s coworking spots: space.

Inside the 6,000 square foot space, which opened up shop in a warehouse space in Bristol’s Keystone Business Park in November 2012, there’s plenty of room for its 16 members to ride bikes or skateboards, lounge on the spot’s hammock and fly around RC helicopters, said founder Jon Graham.

One company headquartered in the space, Southampton Family and Pet Pharmacy, uses it as a warehouse for inventory and distribution. Another pair of members built a recording studio inside the space. There’s even a microbrewery on-site.

Graham, 27, a Bucks County native and current resident, opened Business Casual because he was tired of commuting to the city and knew there were others that felt the same way.

“Don’t get me wrong,” he wrote in an email. “I love Philadelphia! Philly is my city. Nonetheless, there is something inside of me that wants to fight for the ‘burbs.”

It’s a similar tenor struck when Novotorium, also in Bucks County, first launched. That incubator has since taken a more focused effort on existing relationships.

Graham, who previously worked as a freelance designer and web developer, said he felt the same brain drain in Bucks County that Philadelphians experience. Many of his friends left the neighborhood to move to Center City or Manayunk or, of course, New York, so he wanted to create a space that could make residents feel like they could live and work in the neighborhood.

Business Casual’s members range from technologists to pharmacy owners to the brewers from Broken Goblet Brewery, who started out as organizers of a monthly beer club that would meet at Business Casual.

Business Casual can fit about 50 members, Graham said.

AJ Bubb, seen here inside Business Casual Coworking, out of which he runs a small software shop. He was Business Casual Coworking’s member number one.

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The coworking space during a recent beer club party.

Rob Gentile (left) and Dave Piccinetti, both members of Philly Improv Theater, working on a podcast.

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