ABOUT

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WHAT
The only coworking, private office and event space in SoNo, Connecticut’s Design District and Google eCity for professionals making a positive impact and growing their businesses. Our members make change happen in our private offices, dedicated desk and flex pass coworking space, and event space. We’re also a go-to solution for those who need conference room space on a regular basis or on the fly.

WHO
SONO SPACES NORTH located at 13 North Main Street in South Norwalk was founded in 2011 by Karl Heine of creativeplacement.

SONO SPACES SOUTH was founded in 2016 by Karl Heine and Bob Walker of Surveys & Forecasts, LLC. Karl met Bob when he licensed a desk at SoNo Spaces North in 2015. They formed Space Partners LLC to launch 5,000 Square Feet of additional coworking space at 23 South Main Street in downtown SoNo.

HISTORY
SONO SPACES NORTH — THE ORIGINAL CONCEPT

In 2011, Karl Heine created SoNo Spaces — with an assist from kHyal at fiZz Agency — as an extension of the way his own work style had evolved. Since 2008, he and kHyal, had begun to work remotely from other US cities, and in places like Berlin and Paris when traveling for business. They became interested in the share culture cultivating in Manhattan and Brooklyn because of the rising costs of real estate, and the need to collaborate on resources. They had friends that were pioneering in the coworking arena, and they attended many events in different coworking locations.

For Karl, the idea of having 1,800 square feet of often-unoccupied office space in South Norwalk prompted the natural decision to convert it to a coworking space. Since 2007, he and kHyal held collaborative design and learning events in the space as part of their PUSH workshops initiative. At first, he considered the standard model many use — allowing daily, weekly, walk-in or even by the hour use. He quickly realized that for him, a much better fit would be for longer-term relationships with individuals and small companies. He didn’t want their focus to be administrating short-term memberships in an environment that might become more distracting than productive. Karl wanted to nurture a culture that would help other professionals grow their businesses in the heart of downtown SoNo, Connecticut’s design district.

At heart, it was always about community, and the idea that community can be found throughout the world. While Karl created his own coworking space in Connecticut, he also leased collaborative office space at WeWork SoHo West in New York City, and has worked remotely in other cities throughout the US and in many European cities including: Zurich, Basel, Milan, Venice, Toulon, Fabriano, Cannes, Florence, Brussels, Antwerp, Berlin, Paris, London, Buenos Aires and Barcelona.

At SoNo Spaces, we believe that collaboration is not tied to one community or another but is a universal truth that expands exponentially.