Where am I off to this week?
From Cambridge, Massachusetts, I headed to Abri.Co in Québec City, QC, Canada.
Where is it?
So why did I choose Abri.Co?
Because of this quote from the co-founder:
I was getting tired of working alone from home every day. I wanted a place where I could meet other creative and interesting, independent people.
He built Abri.Co for himself, and to connect with other people.
I love and wholeheartedly agree with this mission.
Some of the best businesses and ideas come from solving our own problems or meeting our own needs.
When I reached out to the team at Abri.Co, Philippe and Greg responded almost immediately. They were more than happy to have me visit and even helped me find a place to stay.
Just from the initial emails, I could tell they were wonderfully nice people and put me at ease about traveling to Canada for the first time.
When I arrived, I had to walk around the block because I couldn’t find the sign for Abri.Co.
It’s definitely in a busy part of town full of restaurants, bars, and shops. It is right across the street from a place where you pay a cover to play board games – pretty cool concept and busy every evening.
Apparently I was looking for the wrong name. Abri.Co is a part of Le Hub, which I was not aware of, and tucked away on the 4th floor of a building in the Saint-Roch area of Quebec City. Le Hub is the center for 9 different entertainment, communication, and media businesses.
One of these businesses is Abri.Co.
It is a coworking space within a community of businesses. I’d never seen anything like it.
Here is the amazing common area in the middle of Le Hub.
Pretty much every day, this is the central point for the teams on this floor.
Oh yeah. On nice days, there is a beautiful terrace to sit and eat lunch or just hung out.
This terrace overlooks a side street full of restaurants and bars that serve tasty foods.
So when I first arrived at Abri.Co, I had already been in contact with Rafael who is one of the coworkers but also works on Missive (an awesome Email Client — check it out!) and with Philippe who is one of the owners of Abri.Co. Shout out to Etienne as well with Missive.
It seems to be common for people who run coworking spaces to also work on another business. This is not a rule, but something I have seen more than once.
Since Philippe was out of town, Rafael and the team showed me around and introduced me to others in the community. They were incredibly nice and made sure I had what I needed whether it was a restaurant recommendation, a place to grab a pint, a place to listen to music, or the countless other questions (I am kind of a 2 year old that way, so many questions). They were full of advice which definitely made my week better.
The space is not huge but has what you need – coffee, desks, conference room, and powerful Wifi.
I picked a spot by the window and got to work!
It is definitely a space with few distractions and it is easy to be productive. The middle area, just outside of this workspace, was full of people and energy throughout the week and a wonderful place to connect with others.
I am looking forward to this week of working with and meeting more French-speaking people, learning and pronouncing some French words, being productive, and exploring the city.