An Inside Look At The Sapphire Suite
Article by Kellie Walton Benz
Photography by Provided
Originally published in Franklin Lifestyle
As many companies are forgoing office space for remote work, coffee shops and cafes have transformed into workspaces and conference rooms. For Tammie Osborne, the shift to remote work sparked an idea that would soon benefit women in business throughout Franklin.
“As a healthcare IT executive, I was used to traveling all over the country,” said Tammie. “When Covid hit, I came off the road, and was soon working at home with my husband and kids all on Zoom calls. The walls were getting smaller and smaller, and I needed a place to get out and do work.”
Tammie started researching co-working spaces, coming across a female-only concept in Buckhead, Georgia. After spending a day with their team, the dream of opening a similar concept in Franklin took shape.
“The design drew me to the space immediately,” Tammie shared. “It had a beautiful, well-stocked kitchen, comfortable seating and everything needed to make life and work easy, comfortable and efficient.”
These inspirations are weaved into the foundation of The Sapphire Suite, a women-only co-working space now open near the intersection of Liberty Pike and Carothers. While the beautifully-appointed space welcomes women of all backgrounds to plug in, its mission goes beyond business, cultivating a true sense of community among members.
“Part of our philosophy is rooted in community. We have resources all around us with different women around the table, and we help manage relationships to amplify our sense of connectivity,” said Tammie. “If I can help someone network by making an introduction, that’s what I want to do.”
The amenities are plenty within The Sapphire Suite, extending beyond a stocked pantry and fridge to include printing and mailing supplies, dry cleaning and even a gas fill-up service. The goal, Tammie shared, is to offer anything that reduces the errands members need to run on their way home.
With couches, chairs and dining tables outfitting the interior, the space lends itself to both collaborative and individual work. In addition, The Sapphire Suite serves as a sophisticated venue rental and event space for professional gatherings, bridal and baby showers, dinner parties and more.
“Because we have such a beautiful aesthetic, we’re proud to also offer hosted events,” said Tammie. “From dinner parties with a private chef and sommelier to bridal showers, tea parties or receptions, we are happy to work with individuals or companies to create a great event.”
Events are bookable without a membership, which is available for women on an annual, monthly or daily basis. Companies are also welcome to book meeting rooms for a half or full day, creating an option for fully-remote companies to connect in a professional, luxe setting.
“What inspired me to open The Sapphire Suite was the spirit behind it,” Tammie reflected. “We’re a space to collaborate, to seek business advice from other women, or even just to come and sit and exhale. As a business owner who was on the road for ten years, I love this sense of community.” TheSapphireSuite.com