Business Growth, COVID-19 Adaptation, Second-Tier Cities
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I first came across Centralita Cowork, the coworking space you are about to discover, on the internet. I was looking for coworking spaces in Mexico and found myself attracted by its name: Centralita. Initially, I didn’t understand it the way Grecia Pinto, the founder, had intended, as I found out when he later explained it to me. Rather I took it to mean “coworking in the center”. When I clicked on the website to find out more, I really liked what I saw. A space with soft color tones, daylight, greenery, and what seemed to be a nice atmosphere. Before even contacting the team behind the day-to-day running of Centralita Cowork, I started picturing in my head who the founder could be. And I immediately pictured a woman, someone good with visual design, assembling colors but above all, someone who pays attention to the small details.
I wanted to reach out to them to learn more about their coworking story, and to my surprise, my initial assumptions were all correct. Grecia Pinto was exactly what I’d imagined. She definitely reinforced our belief that “coworking spaces are the reflection of their founders.” Looking at Centralita Cowork, it was easy to ‘get’ what she wanted to create.
After our first time chatting, I left our call in awe of her dedication to using her coworking space to bring together two crowds who might not meet very often: travelers and locals. Why wouldn’t they meet? San Cristobal de las Casas is a tourist-heavy city in Chiapas, and since Centralita Cowork is located in the center of it, it would be easy to assume that locals avoid these areas at all costs.
And yet, Grecia made it happen. Slowly but surely, she was able to positively impact San Cristobal de las Casas with her own project: Centralita Cowork.
How has she done it? Let’s make our way to San Cristobal de las Casas to find out!
➡️ A little refresher
Who’s behind the featured space?
Meet Grecia Pinto, a young professional who found a way to get closer to the city she had just moved to when she found coworking.
“I wanted to connect with other creatives but didn’t know where or how to meet them. I used to think ‘I’m sure there are other people like me, working at home on their projects. Maybe even some that share my interests in sustainable fashion and design? It would be so interesting to meet them. But where? They’re all at home or scattered across the 200 cafes in San Cris.’ As there were no coworking spaces, I set out to create one for myself and for other people like me; people who enjoy working in a vibrant environment surrounded by peers, pets, and plants. I built Centralita in order to bring the creatives, slow travelers, and digital nomads together into a communal environment that would allow us to share our projects and creative interests much more naturally than in bars or coffee shops.”
🎥 Watch our LIVE with Centralita Cowork below!
➡️ Key Figures
- Opening year: 2019
- Size when they started: 1 space, 350 sqm
- Size today: 2 spaces and a garden :)
➡️ A little tour around Centralita Cowork
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