Despi Ross is an analog girl living in a digital world.
As a marketing leader at a software startup, Despi’s job revolves around technology – literally. She’s become an expert in digital marketing techniques, so small businesses and nonprofits often ask her for help getting their names out in their communities.
But when she’s not at work, Despi prefers the simpler things in life. She loves to discuss art and philosophy, and you can often find her reading a book – in print, not on a device – or enjoying her favorite music with all the pops and scratches that come with vinyl.
“It’s important to have an analog part of my life.”
Part of the reason Despi likes to unplug is because it allows her to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of her day-to-day life. Sometimes she wants that break even when she’s at work, which is why she takes advantage of opportunities to work outside the office. While she likes to work at home, her around-the-house projects and “squirrel-obsessed barking dogs” are always vying for her attention, causing Despi, like many of us, to get distracted.
A lot of remote workers will set up shop at a local coffee joint, but when those shops are crowded and loud, Despi finds it hard to hear herself think, let alone hear what a colleague is trying to tell her during a meeting. Plus, when she’s working on a deadline and needs to come up with a brilliant idea in a pinch, the loud, crowded atmosphere doesn’t help her creativity.
But then, one day, Despi’s colleague introduced her to The Haverstick, and she felt herself relax into the venue’s friendly vibe. With ample seating, room to spread out and workspace options that allow her to work by herself or with a group, Despi says she now visits The Haverstick once a week and uses it at her go-to meeting spot for her contacts on Indy’s northside.
“I enjoy the space to spread out and how easy it is to find a place to work,” Despi says, adding that she loves to plug in her headphones and get lost in a project when she’s working at The Haverstick.
Now, Despi says she has a remote-working option that gets her out of the house and into a place where she can let her creativity breathe. With a convenient location, comfy chairs and a fresh cup of coffee always on-hand, The Haverstick gives Despi an analog alternative that lets her flourish in her digital-driven world.
“Working at The Haverstick has given me more headspace to do more creative work,” Despi says. “It can be hard to come up with the perfect concept when the pressure is on. So, having a place to slow down and some space to think really helps.”