Construction has begun on American Beauty Salon to transform it into Village Square.
KANSAS CITY—Beginning early next year, when you stop by the Kansas City Startup Village you’ll have the option to become a Villager yourself, at least temporarily.
Village Square, a new co-working and community space, will be opening in the heart of KCSV with desks available by the first of the year. The building, which formerly housed American Beauty Salon, is being renovated by Hickory Global and Second Life Studios, and will be owned and operated by The Center of Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development (CEED).
“We knew the former American Beauty Salon building was in the perfect location as far as KCSV goes,” said KCSV co-leader Matthew Marcus. “So, when it went on the market, it was incredibly important to us to find someone who understands what we’re trying to do here to fill that space.”
CEED is an organization focused on activating entrepreneurs and strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Kansas City, co-founded by Abby Tillman and KCSV organizer Adam Arredondo. CEED’s office also will be located in Village Square.
Organizers say the goal of the space is to create a place for early-stage startups to work with easy access to local resources and connections. CEED also will host educational events and programming directed toward students and entrepreneurs to help build the city’s talent pipeline.
Want a sneak peek of Village Square? Tour the space during KCSV’s Village Fall Fest from 2–8 p.m. on Nov. 15. RSVP to the free event via Eventbrite.
Don’t want to wait until Saturday? Take a virtual walkthrough of the future space now:
Interested in working out of the space? Contact Arredondo via email.