Our Story

Haven members in the original Haven Shared Workspace.

Haven members in the original Haven Shared Workspace.

 
 

Hello!  

 

I’m Alexandra Bullen Coutts, founder of Haven. For years, and with the tireless support of a circle of friends, I dreamed of building a community of creative and socially-minded professionals on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. As a freelance journalist, author, and full-time mom, I yearned for a space to work, to be inspired and to grow — a space that wasn’t my couch, kitchen table, or bed. 

I knew I wasn’t alone. According to data collected by the Martha's Vineyard Donors Collaborative, 28% of Islanders are self-employed, and Dukes County has the highest percentage of people who work at home in the state of Massachusetts. 

Working at home can be a luxury. It can also be full of distractions (dirty dishes, I’m looking at you…) not to mention lonely and isolating. 

The more I heard from other work-at-home types, the more I realized that we all desperately needed a place to be grown ups, together. A place to get down to business, to grow our businesses and to follow our creative and professional pursuits. 

With fingers and toes crossed, we gathered a pilot group of ten professionals— some self-employed and growing Island businesses, others who work virtually and remotely while maintaining an active connection to the local economy—  and spent a glorious six months sharing a small workspace; a “room of our own” behind a lovely flower shop in Vineyard Haven. 

Since then, we’ve grown and found a new and bigger home just up the road. Now, instead of working in our pajamas, we work in a peaceful and inspiring setting, surrounded by interesting grown-ups all day long. 

But the dream doesn’t end here. Building community is about more than just work, and we are excited to host a series of after-hours events: from casual knit nights and happy hours to professional development workshops, we love being a place where people can gather to explore, create and evolve, personally and professionally.

Curious? Interested? Enjoy free seltzer? Book a tour, schedule your free trial day, or stop by and check us out! 

Let’s work together.