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About Us

Take Up Space is a dynamic coworking, coffee, and retail space that will be located in the heart of Chicago's North Halsted neighborhood. As a Black and Queer-owned establishment, we are committed to creating an inclusive and empowering environment for all individuals. Our vibrant community fosters connection, collaboration, and creativity, providing a platform for marginalized voices and identities to thrive. With a diverse range of amenities, including flexible workspaces, a coffee bar featuring locally sourced beans, and a curated collection of Black and Queer-owned retail items, Take Up Space will be more than just a physical space – it's a movement.

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Our Story

In its inception, Take Up Space sprang from Kolbey Gardner's vision for a unique coworking and retail venture, specifically championing Black and Queer business owners. Collaborating with M. Rashaad Barnett, the project evolved to encompass both a coffee and programmatic aspect, providing a supportive structure for a community investing model. Shawn Gadley, our creative consultant, played a pivotal role in crafting the brand, assets, and Take Up Space’s creative direction.

 

While Take Up Space currently exists as a project without a physical presence in Chicago's North Halsted neighborhood, the founders actively seek investors and strategic partnerships. However, our mission transcends physical spaces; as our online retail shop, social media engagement, and community involvement empowers us to grow our following and community.

 

To be a part of this transformative journey, we invite you to join us by joining our team as an investor, contributing to our crowdfunding campaign or exploring our Black and Queer Owned Retail store on the website. Additionally, sign up for our email list to stay updated on progress, promotions, and opportunities. Your support not only helps shape the future of Take Up Space but also contributes to the broader vision of fostering an inclusive and vibrant community.

Meet The Team

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Kolbey Gardner

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

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M. Rashaad Barnett

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

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Shawn Gadley

Creative Consultant

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