Longtime Napans will likely remember downtown’s McCaulou’s store with its makeup and perfume counters, the city’s only escalator, the fine china displays, gift wrap service, clothing departments and more. Today, the former department store, located at 1300 First St., has been completely transformed. Instead of clothing and shoes, the space is now filled with row after row of desks and partitions.
Called Spaces Napa Valley, it was created in direct response to the growing demand for “flexible workplace solutions” accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, said a news release from parent company IWG.
“Let’s redefine how work is done,” reads one poster. “Hi there it’s nice meeting you,” said another. “Think Tank,” one door is labeled. Napa’s Spaces hub offers 105 “socially distanced” workspaces for rent on a flexible daily or monthly basis, all within walking distance to shopping and services in downtown Napa. There are also 12 meeting rooms that can be rented.
The 21,000-square-foot facility in First Street Napa opened on Feb. 22, said Tim Kennedy, the Napa Spaces area sales manager.
Now that it’s open, “we can get people to see what we have (to offer) and show how we can cater to all different kinds of workers, whether full- or part-time,” said Kennedy.
It already has more than 35 users, he said. They include editors, real estate salespeople, brokers, financial industry workers, meeting planners and technology staffers.