Like all good ideas, this one kept us up at night. It was simple but not easy: we wanted a workspace purpose-built for good people to achieve incredible things. Right here on Cape Ann.
My name is Nate. Gloucester is my hometown. To understand how Wheelhouse came to be you have to meet my inspiration, my wife Katie. Katie is an art therapist. She grew her practice from scratch right here in Gloucester, and I supported her every step of the way.
My career, a 13-year tenure at a healthcare research firm, left me loving my team and my job, but hating the brutal lost hours of the daily commute into Boston. I tried working from home more, only to find myself distracted. I wasn’t alone. At crowded coffee shops, in packed train cars and dusty libraries, I met great people - all with the same struggle!
Now, what if we all did this work thing differently?
What if we worked where we lived? Not in our houses, but in the bustling downtown a few minute’s drive away. What if charging stations were guaranteed and we didn’t have to worry about leaving our laptops alone for a few minutes? What if there was a soundproof room for important calls? What if we worked next to interesting people who sparked new ideas for our business? And this was my Holy Grail: what if we could start the day with excellent coffee and finish it with a fresh, local beer?
Now it was Katie’s turn to share her insights and support with me. After many sleepless nights, Wheelhouse was born.
It turns out all those wakeful nights were good training. We’re expecting a baby and even less sleep in our future. You’ll find me by the coffee. Come say hi.