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The 6 coolest places to do tech work in Wilmington

Many tech leaders in Wilmington are firm believers in the importance of having an interesting office.

Archer Group employees fully embraced Halloween last year. (Photo via Twitter)
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Being an innovator isn’t just about showing up and getting the job done.
In Wilmington, it’s also about being a mentor to new or young technologists, meeting new people and growing the community of entrepreneurs and tech-savvy individuals.
And, of course, all of this is more fun when there’s a sense of community at work. Oh, and ping-pong and pool tables, afternoon beers and office outings don’t hurt either.
Behold, the list of the six coolest places to work in Wilmington.

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6. Cultivate

R.J. Townsend recently relocated his Drupal dev shop from Old City, Philadelphia to 2nd and Market Streets in Wilmington. Bold move. Since he’s the newbie in town and wants to meet and connect with other technologists, he tells us anyone can stop by for a game of pool.

The Cultivate Offices at 2nd and Market Streets in Wilmington. Stop by for a game of pool.

The Cultivate Offices at 2nd and Market Streets in Wilmington. (Courtesy photo)

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5. The Loft

Known for its coworking space and a diverse array of members, Start It Up Delaware’s Loft is a fun place to do work while connecting with Wilmington’s burgeoning community of technologists. Coworking members swap skills, ranging from web and mobile development, marketing, creative design, interior design, branding, photography and much more. The Loft also plays host to many events, including its “doughnuts and demos” series.
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4. 1313 Innovation

Part coworking space, part event venue, part home to the Digital Vikings, this large office at 1313 N. Market St. has it all. The space also has a 3D printer, a large room with dry-erase walls and oversized beanbag pandas, a ping-pong table and a fridge stocked with adult beverages. 1313 often hosts events in the space, which offers local technologists and community members a fun way to meet, work together and discuss what’s next for Wilmington.

@cnverg hanging out with the #panda #GSB14 #SWDelaware
A photo posted by 1313 Innovation (@1313innovation) on Nov 23, 2014 at 8:31am PST

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3. Squatch Creative

What’s cooler than a Sasquatch-themed company? The logo, branding and miniature Sasquatch that is photographed in various places throughout Wilmington say it all. The web design company has also used a drone to capture aerial footage. But what may be coolest about the company is its culture: the team often goes on outings together. Aww, family bonding.

#Squatch sighting. #sasquatch #bigfoot

A photo posted by Squatch Creative (@sasquatchcreative) on Aug 19, 2014 at 6:14pm PDT

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2. The Kitchen

Don’t be camera shy about stopping by this video production company, which is located on (yes, on) the Amtrak train station platform. The Kitchen’s warm and unique offices are filled with various old filmmaking pieces from the early 1900s. You could also sit at the counter and watch trains pass by all day. One of founder Zach Phillips’s favorite additions is a wall of specialty storage that houses heavy-duty film equipment and accessories.

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Inside Kitchen HQ. (Courtesy photo)

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1. The Archer Group

Company culture is key to working at The Archer Group, whose colorful offices are located at 233 N. King St. Since 2003, the digital design agency has ballooned from six to 60 employees, which is no small feat. But still, Todd Miller — principal and a managing partner of the firm — says company picnics, launch parties and a mini-golf tournament inside the office are what keeps employees feeling invested in the company.

Companies: The Kitchen / 1313 Innovation / Squatch Creative / Start It Up Delaware / Archer Group / The Loft

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