Business Assembling at Norfolk’s Assembly

by Leona Baker

To call Assembly in Downtown Norfolk a coworking space is probably a disservice to this creatively reimagined former Rice’s department store located in the old Ames & Brownley building, built around 1919.  The brainchild of Drew Ungvarsky, founder of nationally known digital marketing agency Grow, the space features architectural design by WPA and interior design by Campfire & Co. and is envisioned as place for innovators and collaborators to come together on big ideas that will help position Norfolk and our region on a broader stage.

“For Assembly, the challenge is not attracting businesses to the 1,500 square foot offices, 500-750 square feet suites, and expansive amenities,” writes Betsy DiJulio in the Sept.-Oct. issue of Coastal Virginia Magazine. “Rather it is choosing and vetting like-minded companies who are committed to the vision: the formation of a connected community of prolific and aspiring creative and technology companies, startups, and freelancers dedicated to sharing both tangible and intangible resources, not the least of which is energy and inspiration.”

Currently at 80% tenant occupancy, the community of businesses in Assembly includes Grow, WPA (Work Program Architects), 757 Startup Studios, augmented reality software company Ario, branding studio Have A Good Day, non-profit economic development organization Rise, structural engineering firm Lynch Mykins, digital creative studio Istoria, and Three Ships Coffee.

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