Coworking in “north” New Braunfels

Below is a link to a great article about a relatively new coworking site in east Austin.

The founder, Vijay Mehra, highlights many of the same challenges but more importantly similar opportunities we saw in New Braunfels nearly three years ago. The goals are to:

  • build a community,
  • support your members,
  • collaborate on mutual projects,
  • conduct and host events, and doing many other things to be successful.

At the CoWork Factory, we are doing many of these, but are also always seeking new and better methods to nurture our community here in New Braunfels.  Input welcome anytime!

Photo credit: Deric Garza

Location: atx Factory


Coworking in 2017. Some background.

Some people are familiar with the coworking concept and others are not.  So what is coworking?

We describe it as a flexible approach to workspace – one where you work independently but in an atmosphere that is both professional and collaborative.

At New Braunfels’ one and only CoWork Factory – we have a wide variety of people who use the space. We have professionals who are CPAs, attorneys, Professional Engineers, graphic designers, technologists, accountants, music industry professionals, non-profit marketers, real estate professionals, and home/elder care specialists. Many of our members are small business owners and others work remotely for large national and international companies.

For more information, this Wikipedia link offers a substantial history of this popular global movement.


Credit:  Thank you for the cool infographic!

‘Tis the Season…

Upcoming Activities in and around downtown New Braunfels.  Get out and have some fun, after all ’tis the season…

Tuesday, Nov. 29 – Hope Hospice Tree of Lights.  5:30pm.  Market Place Shopping Center.

screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-9-03-41-pmThis annual event will warm your heart and your soul as it honors those we have loved and lost.  In addition to the lighting of the 60 foot tall tree, there will be memorial candle-lighting, music, caroling, cookies, crafts, hot chocolate and more.

Thursday, Dec. 1 – Wassailfest.  Starts around 5pm.  Downtown New Braunfels. 

screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-6-48-08-pmIt’s an evening of music, fun food, great shopping, thousands of twinkling holiday lights and, of course – lots of free wassail for you to sample! Be on the lookout for NB Yeti and his famous FREE HUGS. Vote for the People’s Choice winner and see if your choice is also selected by the Wassail-Meister’s for their award. What a wonderful way for the family to enjoy the holiday season!

Friday, Dec. 2 – Community Health Summit. 1pm-7pm.  McKenna Event Center.

Cscreen-shot-2016-11-28-at-6-49-18-pmME hours. Sessions include Domestic Violence, Healthy Living, and Diagnosis and Management of Fatty Liver Disease. Organized by CoWork Factory member (and princess) Nancy Pappas.


Friday, Dec. 2 – First Friday Business Mixer.  5:30pm-8:30pm. CoWork Factory.
15078905_10154674656146192_8607754046483900786_nCo-Hosted by a CoWork Factory member – Melissa Elizondo and her company, Heartwood Marketing Solutions (along with NB Home Finders), we are featuring 3  local artists as part of “First Friday” with NB Art Leaguscreen-shot-2016-11-28-at-6-57-27-pme and Clay CASA. This is a business mixer, so bring those business cards and come mix and mingle. Also, please bring some pennies to the mixer for Wreath Across America – San Antonio.


Friday, Dec. 9 – Caroling on the Plaza.  6:30-8:00 . Downtown New Braunfels. 


Sponsored by The Greater NB Arts Council, this beautiful community event has been held for 36 years!


Saturday, Dec. 17 – 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Downtown New Braunfels. 


Emilie’s Elves FIRST Christmas Parade downtown.  We will also be hosting a tree at CoWork Factory for this program so once the tree goes up, please check it out.


Sunday, Dec. 18 – 5 pm. Brauntex Theatre. 



FREE Keep Christ in Christmas Concert at Brauntex Theatre.







A Princess in our midst… Nancy Pappas

At the CoWork Factory, many of us help make our community stronger, more livable, interesting, musical, fit, positive, connected, creative …. you name it. Whether it’s the Downtown Association and their upcoming October 6 Wine Stroll, Puppy Playland Dog Park, Comal Trails Alliance, NB NEXT, New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, or numerous other area non-profits and committees, this group tends to get involved.

messages-image60809292Our mentor, or shall we say Prince of this effort, is Nancy Pappas (yeah, we know, should be “Princess” or even “Queen”).

In remembrance of Prince Carl Solms’ goal to build a “safe and prosperous settlement”, Nancy was recently awarded the City of a Prince Award at the City of New BraunfelsParks and Recreation Volunteer Award dinner. Nancy’s efforts wrap all around New Braunfels – whether it’s healthy gardens at area elementary schools, the creation of a new city park on Morningside Drive, the County Line walk and bicycle path, and advocating for more hike and mountain bike trails with Comal Trails Alliance, Nancy is not only fearless (does she sleep, ever??), she is also determined to help improve the spirit and health of our community.

We are excited that Nancy has been acknowledged for her tenacious efforts and we too extend our congratulations to her for all of her achievements!


To follow Nancy’s leadership, and in the spirit of making our community better, the CoWork Factory challenges you to get involved!

Consider joining any of the groups mentioned above, or perhaps get involved with the City of New Braunfels’ current effort to recruit volunteers for the 18-24 month Comprehensive Plan.

Join. Be Involved. Make a Difference.

Who knows – we could soon have another Prince, or Princess, in our midst? (And knowing Nancy, we doubt she will want to relinquish her “crown” anytime soon, so we hope you join her in her royal endeavors!)

pastedgraphic-8pastedgraphic-8To read even more about the efforts and accomplishments of all this year’s other award winners (pictured below) who are truly making a difference in New Braunfels, please click here.



  1. Nancy Pappas and City Councilman Ron Reaves upon accepting her City of a Prince Award.pastedgraphic-8
  2. The 2016 Award Winners at the City of New Braunfels, Parks & Recreation Awards Dinner.

If it’s good enough for Aggies, then…

Dear Entrepreneurs, Freelancers, Telecommuters, and more:

IMG_2943 (1)According to two recent articles in Texas A&M Today, experts agree that standing desks are good for kids and adults (and cows, horses, pigs, etc.).  But seriously, our Aggie friends are proponents of standing desks for overall better health. In fact, to see an interesting news clip discussing the benefits of using standing desks in schools, click here.

Research indicates you burn 15 percent more calories using standing desks, and it also shows that not only will your health improve, but your productivity will increase as well.  Yep, just using standing desks can boost workplace productivity up to 46%.IMG_2946 (1)

The CoWork Factory has a variety of desk options – seated, standing, couches, club chairs, bar stools, yoga balls, and an over-the-top comfy lounge chair with ottoman.  So, stand up and start walking to the CoWork Factory and find the work option that fits you!

 If it’s good enough for both children and Aggies, it has to be good for everyone….



Texas A&M Today articles by:
Craig Hlavaty, August 24, 2016
Christina Sumners, May 25, 2016