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The HIVE 2.0, arguably one of Anacostia's "buzziest" workspaces, has added at least half a dozen new members in the past few weeks. The coming weeks will bring D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's first visit, a roundtable discussion with D.C. Councilman Tommy Wells and the opening of Nurish Café in the upper level of the building. The space also hosted a wedding on New Year's Day, something that Nikki Peele, managing director of the The HIVE 2.0, calls "a coworking first."
"How many incubators can say that they have hosted a wedding?" Peele laughs. One of her members booked the conference room and invited 75 people to her nuptials, a move that Peele calls "smart and frugal."
Just as a new couple wants to stay together, Peele says that keeping HIVE members together was part of the reason for closing The HIVE 1.0 in 2013. "I didn't want to have the membership split [between two locations]," she explains. "The intention all along was to have one space. We rented the first building; we own the one we're in now."
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