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.”
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.