I absolutely enjoyed working at The Sandbox – Santa Barbara’s best co-working space. While I do most of my catering production in my commercial kitchen there is, of course, plenty of paperwork and marketing to keep up on. I often meet with Henry Rosas, a friend, and owner of Common Thread Digital. We plunk ourselves down at a spot with decent wifi and get to work on things we need to pound out. We both work a lot from home but as we all know home is full of distractions. I end up playing with my pets and making snacks and Henry walks his dogs and decides to do laundry.
But parking ourselves at The Sandbox (and receiving a quick tour from Kyle & Mark, the founders) was different. We settled into the co-working vibe and got down to serious work. Sharing space with other folks who were already immersed in their own projects set the tone and we joined into the existing culture of productivity. I managed to concentrate completely on a photo editing project I had procrastinated on; Henry completed some projects he had successfully avoided all week. While I had envisioned hanging out in their uber chic Airstream, above, we instead chose a large sunny window and were quickly hard at work in the quiet loft-like space. The rates are reasonable. We calculated that if this kind of environment could increase our productivity by double then it was well worth the cost of the visit.
Your first visit/day pass is complimentary. A single day pass is $20 while a 10-day subscription out of the month works out to $17.90/visit. Other monthly subscriptions are also available; and you can also rent the space for meetings, events, movie nights – it’s full of possibilities. Considering how much you can focus and accomplish in this uber-pleasant space it’s a total value. They have coffee and water, of course, and the huge windows with their natural light offer quiet relaxation. While in the past I have occasionally used coffee shops to work on special projects, I honestly hadn’t realized how full of distractions they were: friends, beverages, chatty Kathies at nearby tables, wifi that can be spotty.
Henry and I are planning on returning frequently and working smarter (not harder) on getting things done in a more efficient manner. After a three hour session of focused production, we rewarded ourselves by zipping over to The Funk Zone (it’s a 10-minute stroll) and getting a tasty Cucumber Vodka Lemonade from 7 Bar & Kitchen – a wonderful reward for working through the afternoon on a hot summer Friday.