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Treetree hopes to 'timeshare' its Short North office


A Columbus marketing and advertising firm hopes to share its Short North office with another company.

Treetree co-founder and CEO Becca Apfelstadt said following the pandemic-driven shift to remote work, the firm is only in its office at 939 N. High St. one or two days a week. She'd love to see another group enjoy their space when they're not using it.

"We want to have the space and to have a home base, but it seems silly to pay rent for days we're not using the space," Apfelstadt told me. "There's got to be other companies looking to split space, especially a creative, vibrant, open space like ours."

Many local companies have made creative or surprising decisions regarding real estate since the pandemic. Some have put entire buildings up for sublease or decided to sell and downsize. Ohio State, meanwhile, is evaluating the pandemic's long-term impacts on the way its buildings are designed.

Apfelstadt said the firm's landlord, Wood Cos., is supportive of another group subleasing the space one to three days a week. Treetree leases a 4,000-square-foot office and an additional 2,000-square-foot space across the hall, which Apfelstadt said they call the "clubhouse."

Click through the attached gallery to see inside Treetree's Short North space.

Rent would include a fully stocked kitchen, use of all technology, cleaning, wifi and printer. There is also an option for the company subleasing space to put their company name on the door. The main office and clubhouse can hold about 35 people comfortably.

Apfelstadt described the arrangement as a "timeshare," with employees collecting their personal items at the end of each day or not keeping clutter at their desks. Apfelstadt said her team has been supportive of the idea.

"It makes us sad to think that a space we spent about a year designing and renovating sit empty when another company could use it and it could be productive space," Apfelstadt said.

Treetree moved to the Short North from the Battleship building in the Arena District in the beginning of 2020. The firm is Central Ohio's 13th largest marketing and advertising firm, according to Columbus Business First research.

Colliers will help broker the deal, Apfelstadt said.