As friends, mothers, and working women, The SHED Workspace started taking shape when Sarah Cohen, Amanda Fairbanks, and Liza Tremblay lived on opposite coasts. After reading an article that Amanda wrote for The San Francisco Chronicle about a women-only co-working space in Northern California that transformed her worklife, an idea started taking shape.

The East End needed a similar outpost. We dared to create the place we wanted to work — figuring that if we built it, others would join us.

In the fall of 2018, we started The SHED as an experiment — first popping up every Tuesday at Estia’s Little Kitchen before moving into a space of our own in the spring of 2019.

All along, we were testing to see whether an all-women’s co-working space was a viable, year-round business model. The answer (we’ve sadly come to discover) is yes and no.

Looking ahead, we’ve made the difficult decision to close the shared workspace as of October 1, 2019. The three of us are being pulled in different professional directions and the time has come to pull the plug on the co-working aspect of the business for now.

We may pop up here and there with a few events during the off-season. Because if there’s one lesson we learned in this process, when women gather together, we help lift each other up.