A new co-working space called The Hive is opening next week at 720 N. Milwaukee St. in downtown Milwaukee.

The Hive co-working space in downtown Milwaukee.

The Hive was developed by Michael Sampson, owner of Swarmm Marketing + Events, on a floor that was previously used for storage. The 5,000-square-foot co-working space has both reserved and rentable work space. It currently has three private offices, with plans to add a fourth. Two offices are already rented out. The Hive also has a conference room and five dedicated desks to rent, plus flexible couch and desk working space. About 15 people can work in The Hive at once.

“It’s kind of like a hot desk format, where people can work on the couch spaces, they can work at these desks, they can work in the conference room,” Sampson said. “It’s pretty flexible, wherever people want to work.”

Sampson decided to open The Hive after he closed Swarmm’s offices in the Third Ward and he and his two employees were seeking a new home. They were working out of coffee shops and his wife’s restaurant, Brunch. But they wanted to create a collaborative spot for other creative minds, he said.

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