NEW MILFORD — Litchfield County’s best known home for freelancers and “solopreneurs,” Makery Coworking, is comfortably located in the former home of Barton’s store, dating back to 1905, which was followed by Harts Five and Dime for several decades. It is still fondly remembered by New Milford residents.
Makery Coworking, owned by Tony Vengrove, has won numerous awards recently, including Best Space in the 2018 and 2019 Connecticut Entrepreneur Awards and Tony Vengrove took first honorable mention for Community Builder of the Year for 2019. According to its website, The CT Entrepreneur Awards identify, recognize, and celebrate Connecticut’s leading entrepreneurs, ventures, and ecosystem elements that support them. Makery Coworking also won the prestigious 2018 Business Supports the Arts Award bestowed by the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut.
Vengrove is a marketing and innovation expert and change agent with more than 25 years of experience. After working for several of the world’s largest global advertising agencies and Fortune 500 companies, he put roots down in New Milford to begin his own entrepreneurial career. In 2017, he founded Makery Coworking, Litchfield County’s first coworking space.
Coworking is a global trend of the past ten years that tells freelancers and creative people of all kinds “Get out of your home office!” Working together with like-minded individuals creates shared inspiration, motivation and accountability, Tony Vengrove asserts.
His most notable local work is for Litchfield Distillery, for which he designed the brand with the catchy phrase “The Spirit of Hard Work” after exclaiming those words at his initial meeting with founder brothers David, Jack and Peter Baker. They refer to Tony as the “fifth Beatle” in the success of their enterprise.
Tony is a sought-after adviser among Connecticut nonprofits and serves on the Board of Directors for the popular ASAP!, a social profit organization headquartered in Washington Depot, that has been offering innovative arts education for 20 years. He is co-author of the book “Energize Your Leadership” and writes a regular food entrepreneur’s column for Edible Nutmeg.
Tony describes the coworking space as “cozy, social, and energetic, since our goal is to foster a culture that feels more like a hip startup.”
There are open spaces for individual work, amenities to create a comfortable environment, and a large conference room for private meetings that is in the lower level, where exposed brick walls and rustic “barn” doors create a vibe of historic gravitas, and a bit of whimsy.
Displayed on the many built-in shelves and walls are the works of local makers and creators of all kinds, from artwork to sand castles. Kevin Lane, founder of Create a Castle based in New Milford, won the 2019 CT Entrepreneur Award for Scalable Venture.
Tony said, “I am on a mission to create a hub for this area and all of Litchfield County, to enhance creative economy and encourage innovative workers. We also want to help attract other start up businesses to the greater New Milford area. We receive no funding from the state, but we all have an abundance of entrepreneurial spirit.”
Makery Coworking is located just steps away from the New Milford green at 20 Bank Street, New Milford. Membership information is available at firstname.lastname@example.org, Tony Vengrove’s mobile 203-788-2665 or visit www.makerycoworking.com.