Starting next month, DC-area professionals will have a new option for coworking, networking and hanging out within the district limits.
Opening April 1, HQ DC House is a new private membership club created by the Burns Brothers. According to General Manager Nani Bennett, the brothers wanted to create a DC space because they felt like the district was missing an option for folks who wanted to connect and broaden their networks, but weren’t necessarily into the nightlife or restaurant scene.
“As members of several other social clubs, they felt like something on this level, which offers a lot more activations and a lot more of a luxury feel, was just kind of missing in DC,” Bennett told Technical.ly.
The location, located at 600 F St. NW, has five floors, totaling about 9,000 square feet. The first few floors are flex spaces with lounge options, while the fourth floor is a coworking and collaboration space on weekdays, featuring an in-house barista. On weekends, it gets flipped into a wellness space. The fifth-floor penthouse space has multiple bars, including a champagne bar that will feature a new Black-owned spirit company each month.
The space also features a 16-foot LED screen, with plans to host movie and documentary screenings. On weekends, members can take part in yoga and boxing classes or sound bath meditations. Members will also have access to a chauffeur service within three miles of the location.
Bennett hopes that potential members can use the space in whatever way works best for them; relaxing and disconnecting, working alone in a calm space or having a meeting with their team in the conference room. Members will also be able to rent out the space for private events.
“Having that multipurpose [focus] is going to be crucial for all of our members here,” Bennett said.
Members have to apply for acceptance into the house and pay an initiation fee of $250 as well as monthly dues of $299; Bennett noted that it’s an all-inclusive membership, so food, drinks and all other amenities are included in the due price. In prospective members, Bennett said, HQ DC wants people who are motivated, ambitious, have an inclusive mindset and are supporters of the community. Still, given the social club aspect, she thinks the number one goal of members is to expand their networks, be it through organically meeting someone over a cup of coffee or bringing in guests for other members to meet.
“We want all of our members to have a value exchange,” Bennett said. “You have to be able to give to the community but also receive from the community.”
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