We were in Johnson City Thursday for the “Pitches & Pints” event and took the occasion to drop-in on Shannon and Jose Castillo, the power couple behind Spark Plaza.
We recently posted this article commemorating the 10th anniversary of the city’s co-working space located in the heart of downtown.
Jose, pictured here with his wife of about 20 years, said the consolidated new location is almost full with two or three dedicated desks available. He and Shannon are already considering an expansion.
The painting on the wall to their left was commissioned to celebrate the 10th anniversary and the block where Spark Plaza is located. It was painted by Jay Flack. The work of artists is important to the power couple as you can see from other paintings by Flack that adorn the facility including the stairway wall leading up to Spark Plaza’s second floor. Jose explains that their goal is to cross pollinate artists with other members of Spark Plaza, further igniting their collective creativity.
The co-working space offers a variety of options. There are (in order of the photos that follow) walled offices with barn doors, dedicated desks such as this one being used by Brad Batt of BlueZebra Sports, and a conference room. Other options include day passes for those who just need temporary space because of work commitments that bring them to the region.