Every so often, you may have a need for a smaller, special gathering—perhaps a retirement party, baby shower, going away get together, intimate wedding, family reunion; or perhaps a small meeting, business brainstorming retreat or indoor photo shoot. You don’t want the restrictions and pricing of a hotel meeting room or restaurant, yet no one’s personal home is quite right. Consider East Brookside’s newest business: Cocoa Spaces, a “micro event space” that could be just what you are looking for!
Owner Porshia Mitchell is an electrical engineer by trade, and she always loved being the planner for her friend’s gatherings. “I love the idea of bringing people together to celebrate”, she says, and had been pondering the idea of opening up such a space for a few years. When she turned 30, she was looking for a space to celebrate with her friends and had trouble finding such a spot. Her passion project turned into a reality when Cocoa Spaces opened at the end of July. Located at 912 E 63rd St at Harrison, the event venue offers 1300 SF, equipped with a kitchenette, mobile bar, TV and sound system, tables, chairs, and a small lounge area; it is ADA accessible. Cocoa Spaces comfortably holds 50-60 people at tables or reception style. Porshia has a list of vendors you can work with for décor, music and accessories; regarding food and liquor, bring in your own or use a caterer. Parking is available in front, on the street and east of Rockhill Road. Rental prices vary depending on how long you want the space; there is a three hour minimum.
I asked Porshia how she came up with the name Cocoa Spaces. “As a black woman in the world, I’m here to take up space—I can do whatever I put my mind to!” Then she added, “And I love chocolate!” There is a real need for these “micro spaces” for various events involving friends, family or co-workers, especially with the holiday planning season coming up! Remember Cocoa Spaces the next time you are looking for a small, customizable space for a gathering. Porshia grew up nearby and wanted to be in this area—support local! Learn more about Cocoa Spaces on their website or follow them on Instagram @cocoaspaces.