Our coworking space in historic downtown Felton has quite the past. This particular location holds a special place in the history of our company as the first-ever Satellite Workplace, opening its doors in 2009, before we even knew the term “coworking.”
Built in 1893, the building is the 2nd oldest in the town and has seen many incarnations over the years. It started its life as the Alcazar Dance Hall in the early days of the town, moving through tire store, appliance store, grocery store, and, for about 40 years, various banks.
The building has grown. Our “quiet room” and breakroom were once a driveway leading to the Ice House, before people had electric refrigeration. When we modernized our event space, we uncovered beautiful hand-floated glass windows that no one knew existed. Above the dropped ceiling, we found a wooden sign proclaiming, “Roy’s Market. Meat 5 cents!”
The transformation of this space into a modern, coworking space still fills us with pride. When the power’s down in town, our generator allows people to work. When people in the outlying areas lose satellite dish internet for Zoom calls, they can come here for the fiber we were able to bring in.
This is why we do what we do: allowing people in small towns to connect with each other, while working virtually anywhere in the world! Satellite Workplaces is truly a labor of love.
The Pruneyard Shopping Center in Campbell, built in 1964, holds a special place in local history. Nestled adjacent to Historic Downtown Campbell and serving as the home of Satellite Workplaces since 2020, this landmark location carries a legacy that spans several decades.
Long before its transformation into a bustling shopping center, The Pruneyard’s grounds were originally a sprawling 27-acre orchard bearing the fruits of pears and prunes, known as Brynteson Ranch. Emerging in the late 1960s, The Pruneyard Shopping Center took shape as an open-air complex, reflecting the architectural nuances of the Mission Revival style. The center quickly became a Silicon Valley landmark, evolving over time and recently undergoing an extensive renovation.
The center’s easy accessibility to major freeways renders it an inviting destination, drawing visitors in with its diverse array of shopping and entertainment offerings. Central to the Pruneyard experience is its culinary landscape. An eclectic blend of dining establishments, ranging from casual eateries to Michelin-starred establishments, thrives in the vicinity.
The Pruneyard also hosts frequent community events. Our members love working steps away from all of the action! And the proximity to a wide variety of shopping and dining options adds a layer of convenience and luxury to their coworking experience.
We take immense pride in our association with The Pruneyard. Serving as an integral part of the retail landscape, we have the privilege of contributing to the dynamic shopping experience while embracing the legacy that the building and center represent.
Throughout our journey, we’ve had the privilege of collaborating with a diverse range of businesses and individuals, from startups to established corporations to solo entrepreneurs and remote workers. The story of The Pruneyard Shopping Center continues to evolve, and we’re thrilled to play a part in its ongoing narrative.
Satellite Workplace & Digital Media Studio is located on Santa Cruz’s east side, within walking distance of downtown shops, restaurants, and services. The building was originally a bank, then a AAA office, and then a pool hall before Satellite made its home here. The Santa Cruz Satellite location was chosen for its high ceilings as Satellite also houses Community Television of Santa Cruz County.
Our favorite thing about working in this building is the fun and vibrant interior and decor, with 30-foot murals that make you feel like you’re relaxing outside. Our members love our digital media studio and working alongside other creative individuals in our peaceful workspace. We are excited to open up our newly annexed solarium-style workspace, with more open co-working spaces, new offices, and our largest conference room!