SARATOGA SPRINGS — Palette, the café and cocktail bar on Broadway in Saratoga Springs, is adding an upstairs area called Palette Upstairs, to give entrepreneurs a co-working space with various amenities.
Palette Upstairs is “a diverse co-working space with a focus dedicated to supporting women in career and in life,” according to Eliza Bianco of Baker Public Relations in a release.
Catherine Hover, owner, operator and self-proclaimed “purveyor of fun” of Palette, said that she opened the original store earlier this year to make a space where women could feel safe and unjudged. She said that the upstairs area was always a part of the plan, however the lower area was phase one, while Upstairs was phase two.
The funding came from founder members for Palette Upstairs. Hover said that originally, Upstairs had a goal of 50 people signing up before the space was fully functional. In the end, they reached the goal approximately two weeks ago, and held a ribbon cutting this past Thursday, Nov. 7 from 3 to 5 p.m.
The founder members each paid $2,200 as a yearly fee, and gained access to whatever amenities Palette already had access to. Some of the founders included two physicians, an accountant, bankers, a personal chef, a public relations social media marketer the Adirondack Trust Company among various other people and corporations.
Hover said that some of the planned features are being able to use the Palette application to reserve space, both in the Upstairs area and the café and founder members being able to use a concierge throughPaletteforvarioustasksto help with their business.
She said that for the actual workspace in Palette Upstairs, there was a conference room equipped with a television and whiteboard to allow for Skype and other such remote calls, a community room that can fit around a dozen people so they can hang out or have small private meetings, and they plan to have childcare services as a 2020 goal to create “mommy office hour.”
Additionally, she said that the space would have showers, lockers, a printer, fax machine and could accept peoples’ mail and even phone calls, if they wanted to have a Broadway address on their business card or any other reason.
For non-founding members, Hover said that they are currently waitlisting applicants while they finish opening up Upstairs, but that eventually people would be able to join on a yearly or monthly membership, or could pay daily fees to use the spaces.
She said that for the monthly membership, a person would pay $299, or for the same timespan but on a weekday only schedule, as opposed to the founders’ seven- day access, it would be $199.
She added that while the space is focused on helping women take their businesses to the next level, it is not exclusively for women, men are welcome.
“It’s not just for women, of course not,” Hover said. “I 100% would like to support everyone who walks through the door, regardless of gender or anything else.”
Hover concluded by imploring that anyone who is interested in Palette Upstairs to call and check out the space, saying “if anyone is curious whatsoever to see what we’re all about here to just show up. They should be here for it, they should give us a call and come see the space and meet us.”
For more information, visit Palette’s website at www.thepalettecafe.com, or call at 518-450-1529.