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Coworking business comes to downtown Appleton

APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - A growing trend in the workplace has arrived in Appleton.

It's called coworking, and one of the latest spaces available to business people in the Fox Valley is the Avenue HQ in downtown Appleton.

Financial consultant Mike Paschen tells FOX 11 he tried to work from home.

"I have three kids, so, they can distract me pretty darn quick, if they're in the mood," said Paschen.

Pachen says he visited other places.

"The only option would be something like a coffee shop. That adds distraction as well too," said Paschen.

For $75 a month, the Avenue HQ offers a business setting for freelancers, remote workers, and those just trying to get some work done.

Matthew Straub opened the coworking space Monday. He says an open house with free services this week attracted 75 people.

"A place that people have access to where they have coworkers again, they have that kind of social atmosphere," Matthew Straub, Avenue HQ co-founder, told FOX 11.

Appleton city leaders say this new venture is good for downtown development.

"This is a good stepping stone. To come together and look at downtown Appleton as a place to grow their business. And that could lead to a storefront, could lead to an office front," Jennifer Stephany, executive director of Downtown Appleton, Inc., told FOX 11.

Statistics indicate there are more than 800 coworking spaces nationwide, including Green Bay, Milwaukee, and Madison.