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Lara Cornell created a co-working hub that blends spaces for desk work, art and yoga.
Lara Cornell created a co-working hub that blends spaces for desk work, art and yoga.

An artist and yoga instructor has converted a kids’ yoga studio at 2836 Lyndale Ave. S. into a co-working space complete with easels, a zen room and garage doors that open to the Midtown Greenway.

“We made flower mandalas yesterday, and I haven’t had the heart to clean it up yet,” said founder Lara Cornell.

Cornell said she opened the co-working space after trying to find a venue where she could teach both yoga and art classes. She aims to blend the feel of a cozy living room, coffee shop, art studio and meditation space. She’s bringing in Minnesota-made furnishings, mugs made by a local potter and locally-made blankets, embroidered aprons, wall art, hand-painted yoga mats and custom kitchen utensils.

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An upper-level room is stocked with paints for creative work. An in-house “apothecary” is available for creating tea blends, and Cornell plans to plant a garden next spring. A painted code of conduct emphasizes “friendship over formality” and “learning over expertise.”

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The space is open to co-workers Monday through Thursday (open until 9 p.m. to aid people working second jobs), and open for special event rentals on weekends. Drop-in day passes are available, and the first Monday of each month is free.

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