NAHS grad opens The Coop event space
Lilyan Urbanczuk’s extensive graphics skills took her from Northampton to a working career life in Paris’ suburbs. She returned to the states with her job intact but missed the European flair.
“There isn’t much here that brings people, particularly millennials, together. On a trip to San Francisco, I saw the Biz Babes model,” she said.
A day care center that closed at 2650 Howertown Road provided an opportunity to pursue her idea locally.
She has called it The Coop.
“I look at it as an alternative event space. We have business meetings, an eclectic co-work space during the week, and we can still rent the space out for meetings or events,” Urbanczuk said.
The vibe is retro 1970s.
“Most of the furniture came from my grandparents’ basement. A friend, Tanya Snyder, has a business, Uniquely Revamped, that upgrades ’70s furniture,” she said.
A feature incorporated in the layout is Shop the Coop. The displays are products from local crafters, including Urbanczuk’s Kacti Kids toys.
Emily New, another area crafter, does flannel shirts — Livin Hella Good.
The Northampton Area High School graduate comes from an established line of county residents.
“We have Northampton yearbooks from 1969,” she said.
“What I miss most about the ambience in Paris was the casual way people would get together,” she said. “That is the kind of place I want to create. Women can get together here and share ideas about their businesses.”
The business is slanted toward women-run businesses.
The next event is the grand opening scheduled for 5-9 p.m. May 10. The plan is to have a food truck, Banarama, and the Lehigh Valley’s only mobile flower shop, Georgia’s Flower Truck.
Inside will be a host of local crafters, including Eve’s Angels Candles, A&B Creations, A&J’s Homegrown Creations, More Stitches, Ian Wackley Photos and others.
“The goal on May 10 is to have some unique Mother’s Day gifts available,” Urbanczuk said.
The space is open on a schedule. Rates are about $150 for a half day. Recurring events can be scheduled at negotiated rates.
“We are looking at having a space where someone can come in with their laptop and have a quiet place to work,” she said.
The Coop is also hosting a Women in Sisterhood power brunch May 18.
For more details on The Coop, check out the Facebook page at facebook.com/thecooplv.