Creative Office Space Coming to Downtown

June 6, 2017 by Kate Harrington

A new creative office space is coming to downtown Austin.

The Refinery, planned to open this fall in the former Pet Relocation office at 612 Brazos Street, will offer memberships to entrepreneurs and businesses.

The 8,500-square foot space will include a co-working space that will have open seating for 100 people, space for seven studios, and 22 desks. There will also be space for a photography studio, a product fulfillment station, and a shared retail space.

Memberships will range from private studio rentals at various price points to $450 monthly for a dedicated desk or $350 per month for flexible seating.

“With my first solo business, The Hip Humanitarian, an online and subscription retailer, I severely lacked the community and network to truly help my business succeed. That’s when I had the idea for The Refinery,” says Hayley Swindell, The Refinery’s founder, in a release. “By creating a multi-purpose space, we’re bringing in a diverse group of business that will no doubt thrive when working side-by-side.”

Swindell is partnering with Notley Ventures, a venture capital firm, on The Refinery. Michael Hsu Office of Architecture and Claire Zinnecker Designs are taking on the redesign of the space.

(Rendering courtesy of Michael Hsu Office of Architecture and Design)
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Written by Kate Harrington

Kate is a former reporter, most recently for the Austin Business Journal, where she covered real estate, economic development and transportation. Since 2010 she has been running Thumbtack Communications. Thumbtack provides writing, editing and marketing services. Before moving to Austin in 2002 Kate lived in her native New England, which she still visits often to escape the Texas heat.